The Charlotte region finally got a bit of the rain Monday that has fallen for several days along the coast, but forecasters say the trend will return to dry weather later in the day.
And on the whole, they say, the week will be dry and mild.
Light rain and drizzle developed before daybreak across much of the Charlotte area. Precipitation totals were very light, with less than 1/10 of an inch being recorded at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
An easterly flow off the Atlantic Ocean is responsible in part for the low clouds and rain, just as it caused the persistent cloudy conditions over the weekend. Low pressure along the coast dumped several inches of rain over portions of North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland since late last week while the immediate Charlotte area remained dry.
Forecasters say the flow will relax later Monday, with light rain coming to an end. But clouds will limit afternoon temperatures to the middle 60s.
A change is predicted Tuesday, with partly sunny skies following morning fog. Highs are expected to reach the middle 70s.
Sun and upper 70s are predicted Wednesday before a weak cold front crosses the area Thursday. The front will bring a 20 percent chance of showers.
Forecasters arent certain about the weekend forecast.
Most of the computer models predict partly sunny skies, with highs in the lower 70s Friday and Saturday, falling a bit to near 70 on Sunday. But the Global computer model predicts a stalled cold front, low pressure, and rain for the region.
National Weather Service forecasters say they are casting their lot for now, at least with the prediction of dry weather.
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