Charlotte temperatures expected to tumble

When it comes to Charlotte temperatures this week, it’s downhill from here.

After reaching 61 on Sunday, temperatures will be above normal for at least the first half of the week, said National Weather Service meteorologist Doug Outlaw. The normal high for this time of year is 51, and the normal low is typically 29, Outlaw said.

Then the weather will cool off. Although the high will be around 59 on Wednesday (with a low of 34), the temperatures will drop to 47 by Friday (with a low of 32), Outlaw said.

The “main concern” for the week is a low-pressure system that is going to be crossing the Gulf of Mexico and then crossing Florida on Thursday night and Friday, he said.

“It’s just questionable at this point whether any of that moisture is going to get up towards our area,” he said. “If enough cool air is in place, we could have wintry precipitation.” Outlaw said that could be any combination of rain, snow and sleet.

“It’s too early to tell at this point,” he said. “It’s kind of hard to nail down.”

By the weekend, the high will be 48 on Saturday and 51 on Sunday, Outlaw said.