Milder temperatures and a continuation of the current dry spell are in the forecast for the Charlotte region, after some areas north and west of the city were visited by frost Thursday morning.
Temperatures fell into the mid-30s in parts of Lincoln and Cleveland counties, but meteorologists said those morning readings won’t be quite so chilly over the next several days.
And they predict plenty of sunshine, except for partly cloudy skies Friday, for the next five to seven days. Charlotte’s last rainfall was nearly a week ago, and none is in the forecast for the next week.
Justin Lane, of the National Weather Service’s office in Greer, S.C., called the forecast “classic autumn weather.”
Morning lows Thursday included 34 degrees at Lincolnton and 37 at Shelby, but there were reports of temperatures ranging from 33 to 35 degrees in northern Cleveland County. Several reporting stations had lows of 37 – Concord, Rock Hill, Shelby and Statesville. And it dropped to 38 degrees in Albemarle.
The unofficial morning low at Charlotte Douglas International Airport was 40 degrees.
On Friday, a weak low pressure system will pass to the north of the Charlotte region, but it could bring partly cloudy skies to the area. After that, mostly clear skies are predicted into the middle of next week.
Daily highs from Friday into next week are expected to be in the low 70s, although some computer models predict Saturday afternoon’s temperatures could be in the mid- to upper 70s around Charlotte.