High pressure promises warm, sunny weekend

Posted February 18

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— A weak cold front slipping through eastern North Carolina on Thursday will keep high temperatures in the 50s but will pass quickly to reveal a brilliant weekend.

Many towns around the Triangle began Thursday in the 30s, but those temperatures will warm up into the 40s by midday. Temperatures will continue to rise right into the weekend as high pressure moves east across the country.

"High pressure will be the main weather feature over the next several days," said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth. "Depending on where this high pressure system is, its going to tell us how warm or cool it's going to be."

The northwest system sitting over the Great Lakes will deliver a northerly flow on Thursday, keeping high temperatures around 50 degrees. As the high pressure system moves to the east, though, it will shift the region into a southwesterly flow.

"That's really going to warm things up around here," Wilmoth said.

Friday's high temperature of 51 will rocket into the mid- to high-60s on Saturday and Sunday.

Another storm front will move in on Monday, which could bring some rain through the early part of next week.


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