Published: 2013-04-01 05:52:00
Updated: 2013-04-01 13:41:23
Posted April 1, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — No joke. The weather on April Fool's Day was a welcome change from the dreary, cooler-than-normal conditions that gripped the Triangle through most of March, but the sun and spring-like warmth will be fleeting.
"It's going to be a great afternoon to be outside," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "It will be breezy as our front clears the area, but we'll have abundant sunshine and very mild temperatures."
Monday's forecast high – 72 degrees – is right in the neighborhood of normal for early April. But it will not last.
A cold front swoops in overnight Monday, returning the 50-degree days and 30-degree nights.
"The seven-day forecast looks like an April Fools' Day joke, except for the fact that it's quite similar to what we've seen over the last several weeks," Gardner said.
Tuesday's temperatures will drop sharply, starting in the upper 30s and topping out in the upper 50s during the afternoon.
Despite the cool air's return, sunshine should remain the dominant feature of the forecast until Thursday, Gardner said.
"We could see rain late Thursday and Friday as those cool temperatures stick around, but the weekend looks better," she said. "We'll be back into the mid-60s."