Warm, sunny weekend expected for the Charlotte area

After a few possible showers Friday afternoon, meteorologists say Charlotte will see a sunny weekend with highs in the 80s.

The National Weather Service’s James Oh said the area’s high on Friday will be in the upper 70s, as warm air surges in from the south ahead of a cold front.

Scattered showers and possible thunderstorms could crop up later today, he said, but will taper off by the late evening hours. While severe weather isn’t expected till next week, some of Friday’s storms could produce damaging winds and cloud-to-ground lightening, Oh said.

Sunny skies are expected all weekend, with the high to reach 80 on Saturday and 82 on Sunday. But as a strong cold front and low pressure approach from the west, Oh said, a wet and active weather pattern will settle over the area.

Beginning Monday afternoon and lasting through Thursday, each day will see numerous showers and thunderstorms develop, Oh said. Sever weather will be most likely on Wednesday, he said, but localized flooding is possible each day, as “any storm will be capable of producing really heavy rain downpours.”

Next week’s temperatures are expected to remain in the upper 70s despite the rain, before drying out and cooling off to the low 70s Thursday, Oh said.

Steve Lyttle has more details on next week’s forecast on his Weather Guy blog at charlotteobserver.com.

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