Charlotte weather to warm up this week

Commuters encounter rain on their way along inbound Freedom Drive early Monday.
Commuters encounter rain on their way along inbound Freedom Drive early Monday. dhinshaw@charlotteobserver.com

After two nights of cold weather, Charlotte residents enjoyed the warming temperatures Sunday by walking their dogs, bicycling and playing, as spring finally seemed to have arrived.

At Latta Park in Dilworth, Jimmy Peartree was preparing to host the first family cookout of the year. “The weather’s starting to get nice, so we just wanted to have a good time,” he said as he threw chicken wings on an outdoor grill.

The weather will warm up steadily throughout the week in Charlotte, although rain forecast for later in the week might dampen outdoor plans, National Weather Service meteorologist John Tomko said Sunday.

“The big thing is we’ve got a nice warm spell coming,” he said. “The negative is there’s precipitation in the forecast, so it may not be as enjoyable as people would like.”

With a trough of low pressure over the eastern seaboard expected to move off the coast early this week and warm temperatures flowing up from the south, temperatures will begin to rise, Tomko said.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 63 on Monday and dip to a low of 42. Temperatures will jump to a high of 70 on Tuesday with a low of 49.

The area will continue to see a warming trend through Friday, when temperatures are expected to reach a high of 79.

“Temperatures are going to be near and even slightly above normal for much of the week,” said Tomko, noting that the average high for this time of year is 67 and the average low is 42.

By the end of April, the average high will be around 75, and the average low will be around 51. “A lot of warming takes place this time of year,” he said.

Tomko said precipitation in Charlotte could begin as early as Wednesday, with an even greater chance of showers on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, he said. Thunderstorms are even possible.

But Tomko noted that from Thursday to Sunday, the region is expected to get only a third of an inch of rain.

A cold front coming late in the week will cool down the region by next weekend, Tomko said.

“Of course, that could change,” he said. “The confidence on that gets lower as you go out in the forecast period.”

Temperatures could reach 70 degrees on Saturday and 66 on Sunday.

Rebeca Perez, who was pushing her youth leader’s baby in a stroller Sunday afternoon in Dilworth, said she’s enjoying the warmer weather and the changing of the seasons.

“That’s what I like about Charlotte. The seasons are distinct,” she said. “Other than allergies, it’s been really amazing.”

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