Warmer weather on tap this week

Patience, Charlotte.

Although there might be a cold and rainy start to the week, temperatures will climb to the mid-50s by this weekend, the National Weather Service says.

“Overall it’s going to be a pretty wet week,” said NWS meteorologist Jeffrey Taylor. “Things won’t really dry out until we get to the end of the workweek on Friday.”

An arctic air mass from Canada that caused temperatures to dip into the teens over the weekend will keep temperatures unusually low for the first half of the week, with a high of 44 on Monday and a low of 34, said Taylor. There will also be rain throughout the day.

“The bulk of the rain should fall on Monday,” he said.

On Wednesday, the high will fall to 41 degrees, with a low of 31 in the morning. Taylor said there’s also a slight chance of freezing rain, although nothing is expected to accumulate on the ground.

As the weekend approaches, the arctic air mass will move out of the area, and temperatures will rise to a high of 50 on Friday. The low will still be around 30.

Precipitation is not expected over the weekend, Taylor said.

By Sunday, the high will reach 55 degrees as part of a warming trend.

That’s closer to normal for this time of year, Taylor said. He noted that the high for this time of year is usually around 50, with a low around 29.

“It has been below normal, but it will start to moderate later in the week,” he said.