CHARLOTTE, NC — The Queen City’s weekend will be off to a sunny start with pleasantly warm temperatures, but conditions will turn grey and soggy by Sunday, forecasters warn. The rainy weather headed to the Charlotte-metro weather is expected to be potentially so severe that the National Weather Service has issued a warning.
"A strong cold front will push through the region, producing a line of showers and thunderstorms," the National Weather Service said in a Hazardous Weather Outlook notice Thursday. "Late Saturday night through Sunday afternoon, conditions will befavorable for some of these thunderstorms to produce damaging winds, hail up to 1 inch in diameter, and perhaps a few brief tornadoes."
Thursday’s sunny skies and mid-70 temperatures will continue through Saturday, when temperatures are expected to rise to nearly 80 degrees. By Sunday morning, however, conditions will change dramatically and heavy downpours are a near certainty.
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Here’s your weekend forecast from the National Weather Service:
Today (April 12)
Sunny, with a high near 74. South southwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Clear, with a low around 54. South wind 8 to 10 mph.
Friday (April 13)
Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South southwest wind 8 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 8 to 10 mph.
Saturday (April 14)
Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South southwest wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
A slight chance of showers before 10pm, then a slight chance of rain between 10pm and 1am, then a chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday (April 15)
Showers likely, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 11am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 77. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Showers before 2am, then a chance of rain between 2am and 4am. The rain could be heavy at times. Low around 49. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday (April 16)
Mostly sunny, with a high near 62.