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Rain coming, but not until Saturday afternoon

The best part of the upcoming weekend will be at the very beginning -- today -- according to National Weather Service meteorologists, who say the Charlotte region will see plenty of rain Saturday and Sunday.

However, there is good news for people planning to participate in the wide variety of Saturday morning activities across the region, including the Walk to Cure Diabetes at Carowinds and even the first few races at the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase in the Union County town of Mineral Springs. Forecasters say the rain probably won’t reach the immediate Charlotte area until 2 or 3 p.m. Saturday.

Even better conditions are forecast for today. That will include sunshine and high temperatures in the middle 70s, which is average for this time of year.

Low pressure is predicted to approach the region from the west Saturday, and it will lock some cooler air in places across the area. Under cloudy skies, high temperatures are only expected to reach the mid 60s Saturday and the lower 60s Sunday.

Showers will spread across the Charlotte area Saturday afternoon, with the most widespread activity coming late at night and into Sunday.

Justin Lane, of the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C., said the most significant rain “appears most likely late Saturday night and early Sunday.”

A few showers are forecast to continue through the day Sunday.

Don’t look for a lot of improvement next week, meteorologists say. There will be no atmospheric steering current to push low pressure out of the area, and that means only limited sunshine through Wednesday. Temperatures will rebound a bit, reaching 70 degrees or a bit warmer Monday through Wednesday.

But, Lane said, “The area should remain under a fairly most and increasingly unstable air mass.” That means a daily chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours.

Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107.
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