Published: 2013-12-31 07:34:58
Updated: 2013-12-31 07:34:58
Posted December 31, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Revelers who want to ring in the New Year at outdoor events across central North Carolina should take a jacket, but they can leave the umbrellas behind.
The forecast calls for clear skies and chilly temperatures Tuesday night. The mercury is expected to reach 34 degrees by midnight in Raleigh.
"It will be cool but dry tonight," WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said.
Light rain that fell across the region in the pre-dawn hours dissipated by daybreak, and skies will continue to clear through lunchtime.
Temperatures are expected to peak in the low 40s Tuesday, but Johnson said 50s are possible. New Year’s Day will be bright and beautiful, with a high of 54 degrees in Raleigh.
“It will be a little chilly in the morning - just a few passing clouds from time to time,” Johnson said.
The next chance for rain will be Thursday afternoon.
“A little system setting up on the coast will help sling some rain in our direction,” Johnson said. “It could be a soaker for some folks.”
Friday will bring a noticeable drop in temperature to a more seasonable high of 39 degrees and a Saturday morning low of 19.