Charlottes coldest morning in five months will be followed by a warm-up that will make it feel like summer in another day or so.
But meteorologists are having a tough time getting a handle on the weekend forecast.
The temperature dropped to 46 degrees Tuesday morning at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, and thats the coldest since a reading of 39 degrees on April 24. It was even colder in some other Piedmont locations.
But forecasters say the high pressure system responsible for our cool weather is moving to the east, and the Carolinas will be in the return flow of air -- out of the south. That means temperatures will climb rapidly during the day and are expected to approach 80 degrees by afternoon.
Even warmer weather is forecast for Wednesday and Thursday, with highs in the mid 80s. National Weather Service meteorologists say a few places southeast of Charlotte could make a run at 90 degrees Thursday.
Overnight lows also will be milder, dropping to the middle and upper 50s by Wednesday morning and near 60 degrees Thursday and Friday mornings.
The weekend forecast is a bit murky. For now, says meteorologist Bryan McAvoy of the National Weather Service, the forecast calls for a chance of showers Friday and Saturday, as weak storm systems and a cold front move into (or near) the Carolinas. However, McAvoy says the computer models are at odds with one another, and he calls the weekend forecast a low-confidence prediction.
Temperatures are expected to remain mild over the weekend, with highs near 80 degrees.
Here are some of the low temperatures recorded Tuesday morning across the region:
37 degrees: Boone.
43: Lincolnton, Salisbury, Shelby, Statesville.
45: Albemarle, Wadesboro.
46: Charlotte, Hickory, Lancaster (S.C.)
47: Matthews, Mint Hill, Gastonia.
48: Monroe, Rock Hill.