Nice weather ahead … until a rainy Sunday

The Charlotte area’s recovery from record-setting cold weather earlier this week is expected to continue over the next few days, but forecasters say local residents shouldn’t plan any outdoor activities for Sunday.

“We’re almost guaranteed to get a period of rain on Sunday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Horne said Thursday.

After not getting out of the 30s Monday and experiencing a 14-degree low Tuesday morning, Charlotte’s weather on Thursday almost seemed balmy. Temperatures climbed into the mid- and upper 50s across the region, and although that was still a few degrees below seasonal averages, it was an improvement.

More of the same is expected over the next few days. Slightly cooler air will move into the area Friday and Saturday, holding afternoon highs to the low 50s. But Horne said we won’t see a return of bitter cold this week.

By Sunday, Horne said, a storm system will be moving up the Ohio Valley, and that will help bring moist air into the Carolinas from the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters expect rain for much of the day, with some areas getting as much as an inch.

The rain will taper off to showers by Monday, when temperatures are expected to soar to near 70.

“A cold front will cross the area later Monday, and we’ll experience a cool-down after that,” Horne said. “It will be colder for Thanksgiving.” But he said there is no sign of a return of record-setting cold this month.