Clear weekend brings fall-like weather; hurricane track uncertain
Posted October 1, 2016
Raleigh, N.C. — With Hurricane Matthew looming in the Atlantic Ocean, Triangle residents have the opportunity to enjoy a few perfect fall days before any rain and wind makes its way up the coast.
Saturday brought high temperatures near 80 degrees for outdoor activities that range from downtown Raleigh's Wide Open Bluegrass to foodie festivals in Chapel Hill and Durham and Sunday is expected to be more of the same.
Despite warm temperatures, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said lower dew points made the weather more comfortable and will allow lows to drop into the 60s and even the 50s in some spots overnight.
"Since we had the lower humidity today, the air can cool off a whole lot better because there's less moisture in it," Maze said. "Those very oppressive days with dew points in the 70s, I think are over with."
Skies will be clear for the start of the work week but cloud cover could bring some showers Wednesday through Friday.
Maze said the current forecast doesn't include hurricane Matthew, which could approach the area by next Saturday.
"Right now, it's too early to say that would be a definitive case. Most models keep it offshore for us," he said.