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Murky start to week, but nice weather ahead

The week is getting off to a somewhat gloomy start, with clouds and cooler-than-average temperatures Monday across the Charlotte region, but forecasters say better days are ahead.

Specifically, very nice weather is promised for Tuesday through Thursday, before things go downhill again Friday and through the weekend.

Weak low pressure is moving east of the Charlotte region on Monday, but a large amount of low-level moisture has been left behind. That is causing clouds, and with a northerly breeze Monday, it means high temperatures will struggle to reach the upper 60s.

National Weather Service meteorologists say temperatures could hit 70 this afternoon if the clouds break and allow some sunshine, but that is uncertain.

A bit of light rain fell before daybreak Monday, but forecasters don’t expect much more precipitation the rest of the day.

Thick, low clouds are expected to develop Monday night and early Tuesday, with all the low-level moisture in the atmosphere. That also is a recipe for fog, and the Weather Service says dense fog is a possibility Tuesday morning in the Charlotte region.

But then things will improve. The fog and clouds are forecast to dissipate between 9 and 11 a.m. Tuesday, and a sunny afternoon will follow, with highs reaching the middle 70s.

Sunshine and highs in the low 80s are predicted for Wednesday, and Thursday will start with sun before yielding to clouds in the afternoon, with temperatures again near 80 degrees.

A strong cold front is predicted to cross the region Friday, bringing likely showers and thunderstorms. The showers could linger into early Saturday morning, but the big news for the weekend will be colder weather. High temperatures each day are expected to reach only the low to mid 60s, despite plenty of sunshine.

Frost will be a possibility next Sunday morning in higher elevations, according to meteorologists.

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