Scattered clouds, sprinkles this morning before midday warm up

by: John Ahrens Updated:

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. —

The top weather story for Thursday is going to be the ongoing warmth for the Charlotte area, despite an increase in cloud cover.

Clouds and heavy downpours are lingering over the foothills and mountains. That rain is trying to fall in Charlotte, but we’re only managing a few drops this morning.

The storm will eventually move on around lunchtime.

After those clouds clear, the Metro area will continue to warm up. High temperatures Thursday will soar into the 80s with the late afternoon sunshine.

Severe Weather Center 9 will be tracking a cold front that will level off some of these temperatures. It will move through Friday night.

Again, there will be a threat for rain but not everyone will see it. Those that do will see a threat for heavy rain and thunder, and a severe storm is not out of the question.

The weekend will be fantastic and cooler, with highs in the 60s. Cloud cover will pick up a little on Sunday but the best chance of rain for the region will hold off until Monday.