Published: 2013-04-27 09:18:00
Updated: 2013-04-29 12:53:30
Posted April 27, 2013
Updated April 29, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — A wide band of rain that moved across North Carolina early Monday was heading off the coast at lunchtime, after giving most of the state a good soaking that will help keep temperatures below normal for the next few days.
A low-pressure system pushed rain into the region from the west overnight. What started as a sprinkle turned into a steady, heavy downpour by the time most residents awoke Monday.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport measured 1.83 inches of rain by noon. Fayetteville had 1.71 inches; Southern Pines recorded 2.78 inches; Louisburg had 2.82 inches; and Smithfield had 1.94 inches.
The rain was tapering off, but cloud cover and patchy showers will remain throughout the day, forecasters said.
"Don't be surprised if you hear a rumble of thunder, but we're not talking about severe weather with this system by any means," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
The rest of the week will bring more rain, she said.
"This is going to be a very unsettled period for us with some showers on and off," Gardner said. "We may get a little break on Tuesday, but we're back into the showers on Wednesday. And that may linger into Thursday, too."
Monday's high in Raleigh is expected to be about 68 degrees. The highs will remain around 70 degrees for the rest of the week, which is below normal for this time of year.
The record high for this week is 94 degrees.