Unseasonable warmth to sink 20 degrees by Tuesday

Posted January 13, 2013
Updated January 14, 2013

— A record-setting, three-day stretch of warm weather will end Tuesday, when temperatures will drop 20 degrees or more into the mid 40s, WRAL meteorologists said.

On Monday, a foggy morning gave way to a warm day, with a forecast high around 70 degrees. Some clouds and showers are possible in the afternoon and evening as a cold front approaches.

During the weekend, ice cream trucks rolled out in the neighborhoods, and adults and children crawled all over parks, as even the mountains saw temperatures in the 60s.

"I didn't have to put on no gloves and all that stuff," said Omar Wiggan, of Jamaica, who went to Pullen Park in Raleigh Sunday as the mercury hit 75 degrees. "The weather was all good, but I'm still looking for some snow, you know? I don't mind having the snow in this time."

"The kids were going bonkers at the park. A good day to be at the park, anything outside. Temperatures were way above normal," WRAL meteorologist Amiee Wilmoth said.

Saturday was even warmer. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a 70-degree day in January the first time since 2008, and Fayetteville set a record Saturday with a high of 79, breaking the old record of 77 degrees set in 1916.

Seasonable chill will return Tuesday after the cold front brings an abrupt cooldown Monday night.

"Reality comes back on Tuesday," Wilmoth said.

It's June in January It's June in January

The Triangle will have a high around 46 degrees and a decent shot of rain Tuesday. "During the day Tuesday, that front will kind of stall just to our south and east, so it may still be pretty warm to the southeastern coast and much cooler for a lot of us," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The low 50s and partly cloudy skies will reign for the rest of the week. A chance for rain will linger into Wednesday, then the rest of the week will dry up.


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  • simplelogic Jan 15, 2013

    Jblake, here's a simple question: Why do you even look at Triangle forecasts, when you're obviously not in the Triangle? Isn't there a news/weather outlet closer to your actual location?

  • jblake1932 Jan 14, 2013

    Light rain today, huh. Been raining pretty hard most of the day in my county. Forecasting still needs some improving, folks.

  • simplelogic Jan 14, 2013

    Yes, NeilNBob, weather does play a part - the viruses that cause flu and colds are partial to cooler temperatures and don't survive well at warmer temperatures, which is why they typically only infect the upper respiratory tract. It's too warm further down. So, if you're outside in the cold air long enough to get a good chill, two things happen - your immune response is impaired, and the environment in your nasal passage becomes favorable for respiratory viral growth. If you happen to be exposed to a virus at that time (or if there's a dormant one hanging around), it's likely to get a pretty good foothold. If you think about it, the body's defenses all conspire to warm up the environment - you run a fever, your nose gets stuffy so cold air can't get in, you feel bad so you stay inside. If you feel a cold coming on, the best thing you can do is hit your nasal passages with a blast of warm, dry air. I use a hair dryer. It works EVERY TIME. :-)

  • UpChuck Jan 14, 2013

    Really, weather now causes flu and colds?

  • HisLoVe Jan 14, 2013

    It was lovely out. I like it when it is warm but a little snow would be nice too. Just cant please me!! :)

  • PanthersFan45 Jan 14, 2013

    Football kept me inside most of the day yesterday but when I did venture out there were plenty of shorts & T-shirts on. Looks like reality will settle back in starting tomorrow.

  • NotUrTypicalAmerican Jan 14, 2013

    And who wonders why we have a flu pandemic going? - BullStewForYou

    Yep, this weather is why.

  • simplelogic Jan 14, 2013

    Well I hope that all those folks who were expecting rain for the weekend were able to use their umbrellas to keep from getting sunburned. ;-)

  • BigSteamnTurd Jan 14, 2013

    And who wonders why we have a flu pandemic going?