What could be the warmest day in more than three months will launch the nicest weather weekend in quite a while York County and the Charlotte region, forecasters promise.
The break from a bitterly cold winter will continue for the next several days, and temperatures today are predicted to reach their highest level so far this year. A slight cool down is forecast for the rest of the weekend, but readings will still be well above average.
The only problem ... dry and breezy conditions could cause another round of troubles with wildfires Saturday.
The National Weather Service says a mild southwest flow ahead of an approaching cold front will send temperatures into the middle 70s today. The forecast high of 75 degrees is short of the record for the day, 78, but it would be the warmest since a 76-degree reading Nov. 9.
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A cold front is expected to cross the area tonight, but temperatures Saturday are still forecast to reach the upper 60s, possibly hitting 70. And Sunday's highs are predicted to be in the middle 60s.
A return to 70-degree weather is forecast Monday, making it a great holiday for those who don't have to work or go to school.
Meteorologists say they still see no cold weather in our forecast for the next 10 to 14 days, taking us through the first week of March.
The only problem is the lack of rain and the resulting fire danger. The Charlotte area is about 8 inches below average for precipitation since last fall, and more than 200 wildfires were reported across the Carolinas earlier this week.
Rodney Hinson, of the National Weather Service office in Greer, said Saturday could present a problem for fires. He said winds will gust to about 20 mph in the Piedmont, and the relative humidity will be about 20 percent. That could be the ingredients for wildfires.
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