Warm Friday, but a chilly weekend ahead

29 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Charlotte’s weekend weather comes with a chance of showers.

A source at the weather department said a moderate cold front coming from Greece across the Mediterranean Sea will bring cooler temperatures to Lebanon Friday through Sunday.Heavy rain and severe thunderstorms are possible Friday into early Saturday as a humid and unstable airmass mixes with an approaching cold front, according to forecasters. As a slow-moving cold front approaches the area, the chance of rain will increase, said Neil Dixon, a meteorologist in the weather service’s Greer, S.C. office.

The morning forecast said Friday’s weather is expected to be partly cloudy to cloudy with scattered rain showers and temperatures at the coast between 21-26 degrees Celsius. The National Weather Service said there is a “marginal” risk for severe thunderstorms, and that the possible heavy rain could cause street and areal flooding. Rainfall measured at Charlotte Douglas International Airport for the month has only totaled 0.32 inches, which is a little less than 2 1/2 inches below normal for May, Dixon said. In Madison on Friday, there’s an 80 percent chance for showers and storms, with possible rain totals of a tenth to a quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in any thunderstorms that may develop. Olson said skies over Madison should be mostly cloudy Friday, cloudy Saturday, sunny Sunday, mostly sunny Monday, mostly to partly sunny Tuesday, and partly sunny Wednesday through next Friday, with highs near 78, 64, 65, 70, 78, 83, 85 and 85, and overnight lows around 57, 41, 44, 50, 59, 64, 66 and 67.

Thursday’s low in Madison was 56 at 4:31 a.m., 6 degrees above the normal low and 22 degrees above the record low of 34 for May 28, set in 1949 and 1965. No precipitation was recorded at the Dane County Regional Airport on Thursday, leaving Madison’s May precipitation total (rain plus snow converted to liquid) at 3.78 inches, 0.62 inches above normal.

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