Charlotte weather: Great for shopping, football

The Charlotte region is in store for several days of pleasant weather that should be just what holiday shoppers and football fans have ordered.

Sunny days and cool nights are in the forecast into early next week, with no signs of a return of the low temperatures that put the area in the deep freeze Thursday morning.

High pressure is expected to dominate the area, with no rain in the forecast until next Tuesday. Forecasters say they expect high temperatures in the mid-50s Friday, climbing to near 60 degrees Saturday through Monday. Morning lows will be in the mid- and upper 30s.

That will be more pleasant than the 23-degree low temperature recorded Thursday morning at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. It was the coldest morning in Charlotte since late November.

Fans planning to attend high school football championships this weekend in Winston-Salem and Raleigh – and those headed to Bank of America Stadium for Sunday’s game between the Carolina Panthers and Tampa Bay Bucs – will have dry weather and temperatures a few degrees above season averages.