Saturday morning produced the coldest reading this late in the season for a half-century, but much nicer conditions are in store for the Charlotte region ths rest of the weekend.
Whether you’re headed to today’s History 300 Nationwide Series race or Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway, or if you’re doing any other type of outdoor activity, meteorologists say you’ll experience beautiful weather.
But Saturday started with a record.
The temperature dropped to 41 degrees at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
That shattered the record for the date, 45 degrees, set in 2005. In fact, the only other time it has been this cold so late in the season was on May 27, 1961, when it also reached 41.
But the temperature already had climbed into the middle 50s shortly before 9 a.m. and will continue climbing. Fans attending this afternoon’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will need sunscreen, but they won’t have to deal with the 80-degree-plus conditions that are typical at this time of year. Instead, highs will be in the upper 70s with low humidity.
After morning lows near 50 degrees Sunday, the afternoon high is expected to reach the upper 70s under partly sunny skies. Forecasters say fans attending Sunday evening’s Coca-Cola 600 at the speedway will have temperatures near 75 degrees when the race starts, with readings falling into the lower 60s by the end of the event.
A low pressure system threatens to bring showers into the Carolinas for Memorial Day. As of Saturday morning, National Weather Service meteorologists say the highest chance of rain will be in the mountains. But we’ll have to watch the forecast for possible changes. Highs on Monday will reach the lower 80s.
Not everyone will get to share in our nice weather this weekend.
A slow-moving low pressure system is predicted to bring rainy weather Saturday and Sunday to the Mid-Atlantic and New England. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast for the Midwest and Texas on Sunday, spreading into the Great Lakes by Monday. A few storms could become severe Sunday in Texas and Oklahoma, although a more widespread severe weather outbreak is expected later in the week.
Sunday’s Indianapolis 500 race is expected to steer clear of precipitation. Thunderstorms are not forecast to reach Indiana until Monday.
Steve Lyttle: 704-358-6107.
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