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FORECAST: Rainy, cool Memorial Day weekend in Charlotte

Some breaks in the rain are possible this afternoon.


Holiday Weekend

You will most certainly need your umbrella and rain gear again today as scattered rain continues in the Charlotte area. However, the rain will come in waves, which opens the door for some dry patches.

Widespread rain this morning becomes more scattered in nature this afternoon and evening. The best chance for heavy rain shifts to the mountains and foothills.

Even though the system could linger through Monday, there's a chance the rain could taper off on Sunday and Monday with dry time for outdoor events such as the Coca-Cola 600 in North Charlotte on Sunday evening.

'Worst possible setup': Weekend storm system will bring heavy rain, cool temps to Carolinas

Expect highs in the low 60s on Sunday and low 70s on Monday with a few peaks of sunshine in the afternoon on Memorial Day. With persistent rainfall and cool air trapped at the surface, it's going to feel far from summer-like temperatures in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

Wind gusts will be lower today with significant improvement in the afternoon. Expect wind gusts near 20 - 25 mph early and dropping to 15 mph overnight into tomorrow.

This Week

Although the coastal storm system pulls away by midweek, low-end rain chances remain across the Charlotte area this week. Humidity will increase so it'll feel sticky, too. We'll be hard pressed to find many truly 'dry' days as we enter into June this week.

Highs will peak in the upper 70s Tuesday and Wednesday with the 80s returning Thursday and beyond into the weekend. Rain chances stay at 20 - 30% much of the week.

Tropical Update

Although tropical or subtropical development is not expected, it's a low pressure system off the Carolina coast driving much of this weekend's rain and storm chances.

It's a good reminder that the Atlantic hurricane season kicks off Thursday. The time to prepare, whether you're inland or at the coast, is now.

Stay connected to the WCNC Charlotte Weather Team:  

Contact Brad Panovich at bpanovich@wcnc.com or follow him on FacebookTwitter and Instagram. 

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