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Drier this afternoon, but wet week ahead for Charlotte

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Davie Hinshaw - The Charlotte Observer
Not the best morning to be commuting by bike in Charlotte. A line of showers pushed into Mecklenburg County shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 03, 2014, and forecasters expect the rain to continue through the morning hours.

A second area of rain moved into the Charlotte area late Monday morning, and this morning’s precipitation is setting the stage for what will be a wet week with big fluctuations in temperatures.

The first line of showers pushed into Mecklenburg County shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday. After a lull in activity, a second cluster of showers arrived around 10:30 a.m. Forecasters expect the rain to continue through the morning hours.

Temperatures are very mild, however, with readings in the low 60s at mid-morning. That is more than 50 degrees warmer than at this time last Thursday. But you’ll need to pay close attention to temperatures this week, because they’ll be up and down on a daily basis.

Forecasters expect the rain showers to push east of Charlotte by midday, and some sunshine is possible in the afternoon. Temperatures are forecast to remain near 60 degrees after the cold front passes.

By Monday evening, though, much chillier air will pour into the Carolinas on a northeast breeze. That will bring low clouds, and another area of light rain is predicted to move into the region Tuesday. It will be a raw day, with temperatures recovering only a few degrees from morning lows in the upper 30s.

Then comes the next big change, on Wednesday.

Charlotte will get back into the milder air for a day. A few showers are expected in the morning, and temperatures are forecast to soar into the middle 60s again.

But then another cold front will push through the Carolinas. Thursday is predicted to be the only dry day of the week, but high temperatures are forecast to get no higher than the upper 40s. Then rain returns for Friday, and possibly Saturday and Sunday, accompanied by continued chilly temperatures.

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