Seasonal Temperatures Expected This Week After Record Breaking Weekend Heat

A more typical February pattern is expected after record breaking heat over the weekend.

Temperatures on Saturday & Sunday soared into the mid to upper 70s, and even low 80s across much of the Carolinas. Charlotte hit 80° on Sunday, which is the second earliest time that Charlotte has hit the 80° mark. The earliest was on February 2, 1989.

A cold front is moving across the Carolinas overnight Sunday into Monday, bringing gusty winds. High Wind Warnings and Wind Advisories stretch across the mountains and foothills until Monday afternoon. Mountain locations will see gusts up to 70 mph. Foothill locations will see gusts up to 50 mph. Piedmont locations will see gusts up to 40 mph.

By Monday evening, the winds will begin to die down. Our next system approaches on Wednesday, and it will bring a 30-40% chance of showers. I expect rain totals will be light from this system. The front will slide to our south on Thursday, and we will be left with below average temperatures on Thursday.

Overall, this will be an average week in terms of temperatures.  Monday & Tuesday will feature temperatures in the mid to upper 50s for highs. Wednesday & Thursday will be the coolest days of the week, with high temperatures in the low to mid 50s.

The image above is the GFS computer model temperature departure from average, and you can see we will be within a few degrees of average through the week.