WEATHER: Highs reach low 80s ahead of cool-down, Hurricane Matthew moves north

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - After a crisp couple of weekend mornings, today won't be quite as cool with scattered early morning clouds holding wake-up temps in the upper 50s and low 60s. Afternoon highs will be in the low 80s with mainly sunny skies to begin the workweek.

As high pressure builds over New England and our wind locally turns back from the Northeast, the rest of the week will be a little cooler and closer to average by early October standards. Highs retreat back to the mid to upper 70s, with a little more cloud cover. The clouds won't just limit daytime highs, they will also keep it a little milder at night.

Lows will be in the upper 50s to low 60s. There could be a sprinkle or shower during that timeframe, mainly in the mountains, but overall this week looks much less active than last.

The next big weather maker may never give us any rain but it bears watching this week. Hurricane Matthew is a major category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean.

It has taken a turn to the north and will move between Jamaica and Haiti, then over south Cuba and through the Bahamas over the next few days. As of now, the National Hurricane Center is keeping the storm off the NC/SC coast - and keeping most of the rain away from the WBTV viewing area as well. But, at least minor impacts locally (mainly from wind) and wind and rain coastal impacts are still on the table for the Carolinas as we head into next weekend. We will continue to monitor the situation as we move through the week.

Have a happy Monday!

- Meteorologist Lyndsay Tapases

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