Our spring-like conditions are gone, but meteorologists don’t see any arctic blasts in Charlotte’s immediate future.
A cold front pushed across the region Monday evening, bringing an end to temperatures that approached 70 degrees the past three days. The forecast is for cooler weather the rest of the week, although temperatures will still remain above seasonal averages except for Wednesday.
Partial sunshine and afternoon highs in the upper 50s are predicted for Tuesday, before a weak low pressure system slides up the coast Wednesday, bringing a chance of rain and chilly temperatures for a day.
Neil Dixon, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C., said high temperatures Wednesday might not escape the upper 40s in the Charlotte region.
While rain is in the forecast, it is expected to be light -- not what the region needs, with precipitation more than 9 inches below average so far this year and the area locked in drought conditions. Instead, Dixon says, scattered showers or periods of light rain are more likely, especially from Charlotte eastward.
After that, the rest of the work week is expected to be nice.
Meteorologists are calling for a return to partial sunshine Thursday through Saturday, with afternoon high temperatures in the mid to upper 50s. The next chance of precipitation will come Sunday.
A line of showers and thunderstorms that crossed the area Monday afternoon and evening marked an end to several days of balmy conditions.
In the warm air ahead of the front, temperatures climbed into the low to mid 70s across the central and eastern parts of the Carolinas on Monday. In fact, a reporting station at Moncks Corner, S.C., near Charleston had a reading of 77 degrees at 3 p.m.
Looking ahead, the National Weather Service’s long-range forecasts for the next eight to 14 days call for temperatures to be around average for this time of year, with above-average precipitation. Charlotte’s average high and low temperatures at this time of year are 54 and 33.