Off-and-on rain to fall Monday in Charlotte; sun returns Tuesday

The week started with clouds and light rain across the Charlotte region, but meteorologists are predicting much better conditions over the next several days.

Partly to mostly sunny skies are forecast Tuesday through Thursday – in marked contrast to last week, when the area was blanketed with clouds for five straight days.

The clouds dominated Monday in Charlotte, and light rain fell for much of the daylight hours. Meteorologists originally had predicted a daylong soaking rain, but the heaviest precipitation fell far to the south of Charlotte. Instead, a little more than one-tenth of an inch of rain was recorded at Charlotte Douglas International Airport through the midafternoon hours.

Showers are forecast to end by midnight, and meteorologists said sunshine will return Tuesday, although the first few hours after daybreak might be cloudy. With the return of sun, temperatures are forecast to approach 80 degrees. The average high in Charlotte at this time of year is 77 degrees.

The nice weather is forecast to continue into October, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s both Wednesday and Thursday.

The next rain-maker will be a cold front, forecast to cross the Charlotte region Friday. Showers and thunderstorms are possible as that system moves through. Behind the front, cooler conditions are expected for the weekend and into early next week.

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