Sunshine builds into the southeast over the next few days, starting with cooler than average conditions to start the week but warming up fast ahead of the next rain chances.

Sunny and breezy for much of the day today, as highs reach 68 for the Upstate, and near 60 in western NC. This is 5-8 degrees cooler than normal for this time of year, so especially in higher elevations like Yancey, Mitchell, and McDowell counties with a Wind Advisory until 5pm, you may need a light jacket.

The wind calms down into the evening, leaving a much chillier night ahead. Temperatures will drop into the mid-40s Upstate, and upper 30s in western NC. Prepare to bundle up, and protect any plants in the ground.

A nice rebound of temperatures comes throughout the day Tuesday, reaching the low to mid-70s with a calm to light breeze, and it warms up even more midweek. Highs Wednesday settle back into the 70s and lower 80s. Both days should bring almost full sunshine.

Clouds begin to build on Thursday afternoon, but most of the day will remain dry. Expect a small chance for passing rain or a brief storm Thursday evening, becoming more widespread overnight. 

Widespread rain and storms linger on Friday, with spotty rain and breezy conditions on Saturday. Luckily, sunshine should return for Sunday to salvage some of your weekend plans. 

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