Cloudy and 70s today, unsettled pattern starts settling in

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A classic Carolina wedge has set up this week, and just when you think it might weaken at the end of the week, it could strengthen again over the weekend.

A wedge describes what the pressure field looks like across our region as a surface high builds to our north and pinches into the Carolina Piedmont causing a cool, damp NE flow off the Atlantic Ocean to blow our way.

Aside from a bit of drizzle early on, today will offer plenty of cloud cover again, at least through the midday hours. After lunchtime, we should start to see some sunny breaks, making for a more pleasant afternoon. Highs will rebound into the mid 70s for most communities outside of the mountains.

The brightest day of the week will be Wednesday. With partly sunny skies, highs will be close to 80.

Thursday and Friday will be more unsettled. There's a 40% chance for showers Thursday, increasing to a 50% chance on Friday.  If you're making plans for the weekend, just know that there are mixed signals coming out from the weather models.

At this point, while I don't foresee a washout and am leaning on the rain chances being fairly low, understand that at this point, the chance is also not zero.  I expect both days will feature highs in the seasonal 70s.

- Al Conklin

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