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Forecast: Rain coming, but not until later Sunday

Our streak of dry days will come to an end this weekend, meteorologists say, but your recreation plans have a good chance of surviving rain-free.

Showers and thunderstorms associated with a cold front will move into the Carolinas on Sunday, but the immediate Charlotte area could escape the precipitation until later Sunday afternoon or in the evening.

“The activity on Sunday will be scattered until about 5 p.m.,“ said Lauren Visin, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, S.C. “The coverage of showers and thunderstorms likely will increase in the evening.”

The best day of the weekend will be Saturday, forecasters say.

High pressure, which has controlled Carolinas weather all week, will pump a southerly flow of warm and increasingly moist air into the region. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 80s, with mostly sunny skies.

As the front begins crossing the Carolinas on Sunday, clouds are expected to increase. Thunderstorm activity probably will begin in the morning in the mountains and spread eastward during the day. In the Charlotte area, temperatures could reach the mid 80s before the storms arrive.

There is no indication that widespread severe thunderstorm activity will develop Sunday in the Carolinas. The highest chance of severe weather is expected in the Great Lakes instead. But some damaging wind gusts and heavy rain are possible with any Carolinas storms.

Visin said showers likely will continue overnight Sunday and into Monday morning, before coming to an end later Monday with the cold frontal passage.

Seasonal temperatures are forecast next week, with daily highs in the lower 80s.

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