Multiday stretch of cooler air coming behind passing front

Posted July 28, 2014

Current Temperatures, DMA

— Hot temperatures will linger across central and eastern North Carolina on the first day of the work week, but big changes are coming behind a cold front that will move through the region Monday, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"We're on the cusp of another long stretch of below-normal temperatures," she said. "We'll start to feel some of those changes during the afternoon and evening, and cooler, drier air will really pour into the area overnight and into Tuesday morning."

Before the less humid air mass arrives, Monday's passing front could generate an afternoon shower or storm along and east of the Interstate 95 corridor.

The Triangle and points west should stay dry as temperatures climb into the low 90s.

"We probably won't end up with much of anything in terms of rain in the Triangle, but we can't rule it out in our eastern counties," Gardner said.

By mid-afternoon, noticeably drier air will begin moving in, and dew points will dip sharply by Monday evening.

Temperatures will dip into the low 60s overnight, setting up a six-or seven-day stretch of below-normal highs and lows.

Daytime temperatures will reach only the mid-80s through the weekend, and overnight lows will hover in the low-to mid-60s throughout the week.

"It's going to be crisp Tuesday morning thanks to our lower dew points," Gardner said. "We'll get to enjoy another long stretch of cooler highs, which is very out of the ordinary for this time of year."

Rain chances will return for the weekend, but the bulk of the week will be dry.


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  • disc golfing Jul 28, 2014

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    You mean the scientists like the ones with NOAA who were just busted/caught changing the Historical Data of temps last month, to further their climate change agenda?

  • Bill Brasky Jul 28, 2014

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    You may want to follow what scientists are saying instead of politicians Considering this year is set to break another heat record.

  • Jon Gregory Jul 28, 2014
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    Looks like another bad winter shaping up. This summer pattern was the same as last year.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 28, 2014

    All right! Bring on the cool dry weather!

  • Anita Woody Jul 28, 2014

    I've completely lost trust in WRAL. Even while it was pouring rain yesterday Mike Moss continued to say it was going to be close to 100 degrees yesterday. I don't have a degree in meteorology nor rocket science, and I could tell you with hours of rain there was no way it was going to be close to 100. The high yesterday was 87.

  • Don Dickerson Jul 28, 2014
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    Hanging a rock from a tree is a much better indicator of weather trends than these folks have been lately. Just about every time I've depended on a forecast two days out or less this year to make any plans, I've been screwed. Flipping a coin would likely equal this type of incompetence. Fire everyone, regurgitate what the NWS puts out (though they're equally bad), and show the radar when things actually get "exciting". Otherwise, I wish these folks would just go away.

  • Paul Donovan Jul 28, 2014
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    Global warming is just killing us ! Where are all the pundits this year ? Oh that's right, if it is hotter than normal, that is caused by global warming, if it is cooler than normal, that is global warming too ! Never mind that temperature patterns and weather patterns just naturally change.