Charlotte area sees first rain in over a month

Temperatures in the Charlotte area will climb into the middle 50's with a chance of an afternoon shower possible Sunday.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After seeing dry weather for over a month, much-needed rain is expected in the Charlotte area Sunday.

Sunday's rain will snap a 35-day spell of dry weather. The record for consecutive days without precipitation in Charlotte is 40 days, set way back in 1886. 

With wildfires raging in the western part of North Carolina and the upstate region of South Carolina, the rain is a welcome relief. Chief Meteorologist Brad Panovich says the rain isn't going to be a substantial amount, but every little bit will help at this point. 

“There will be bands of showers, and it’s not heavy,” said Panovich. “Occasionally it picks up. I was just outside and it was just heavy enough that I could see the drop marks on the ground.

“It’s certainly one of those things that at least it’s going to help us maybe kind of knock those fires down by just a hair."

The rain is going to be chilly when paired with the cool temperatures across the area.

“It is going to be a cold, cold rain,” Panovich said. “So if you’re going to the game today, one word of caution — not only dress warm but also dress to get wet because you’ll need some water repellency of some kind.”

The rain will help bring some moisture to the air, but it’s far from a drought buster. Scattered showers are expected to last throughout the evening hours across the area. 

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