Chilly, rainy start to week will yield to warm-up later

Charlotte residents will suffer through heavy rain on Monday, but they can take solace in knowing it will be sunny and warm by Friday.

Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 63 on Monday, which is about seven degrees colder than it usually is this time of year. And it’s also going to be “pretty rainy pretty much through the whole day,” National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Krentz said.

The low temperature Monday morning will dip to 50, which is actually about 6 degrees warmer than usual for this time of year, he said.

Residents can expect Monday to be “pretty wet,” with rain storms transitioning to thunderstorms by 3 or 4 p.m. and remaining in the area until about 11 p.m.

“After that, it’s going to dry out pretty good,” Krentz said.

Still, it will be a little colder than usual in the Charlotte region on Tuesday, with temperatures in the mid- to upper 60s. Plus, “the winds are going to bring cooler air in the area, offsetting the sunshine.”

But by Friday, Krentz expects it to be mostly temperatures in the mid-70s. And Saturday’s temperature could reach 76.

“If we can get through tomorrow with all of the rain, it should be pretty smooth sailing, hopefully,” Krentz said. Elisabeth Arriero