CHARLOTTE, NC — The work week in the Charlotte metro area is off to a gorgeous start, with near summerlike temperatures and loads of sunshine. That will all change by Wednesday, however, when there’s a chance of thunderstorms with wind gusts up to 21 miles per hour, according to forecasters.
The storms moving into the area midweek are part of a strong system moving through the southeast late Tuesday and into Wednesday morning, which is expected to also bring scattered to widespread thunderstorms to north and central Georgia in the overnight hours.
The front will bring with it a temperature drop, with highs the rest of the week staying in the 60s.
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Rain will return to the forecast in the Queen City and Lake Norman region by the weekend, when showers become likely Saturday and Sunday, according to the National Weather Service.
Here’s your work-week weather forecast for the Charlotte metro area, from the National Weather Service:
Today (April 2): Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind around 8 mph.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind around 6 mph becoming light and variable after midnight.
Tuesday (April 3): Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 6 to 11 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 18 mph.
Tuesday Night: A 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 5am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South southwest wind 8 to 11 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Wednesday (April 4): Showers and thunderstorms likely before 3pm, then a chance of rain, mainly between 3pm and 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65. South southwest wind around 14 mph becoming west northwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 39.
Thursday (April 5): Sunny, with a high near 61.
Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Friday (April 6): Partly sunny, with a high near 68.
Friday Night: A 30 percent chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.
Saturday (April 7): Showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 59. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Saturday Night: Rain likely. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday (April 8): A 30 percent chance of rain. Partly sunny, with a high near 59.
Patch Editor Doug Gross contributed