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Published: 2014-07-26 10:27:00
Updated: 2014-07-27 09:36:39
Posted July 26, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Abundant sunshine will continue to push highs into the mid and even upper 90s across the Triangle this weekend, marking the first multiple-day stretch of above-average temperatures in nearly two weeks.
High temperatures recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport haven't reached the 90-degree mark on consecutive days since July 15, and the area has seen a long stretch of 80-degree weather since. Nine of the last 10 days have been below 88 degrees.
That trend will change starkly over the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
"We got to the 90 degree mark Saturday, and it will be in the upper 90s in many spots on Sunday."
Sunday's forecast high of 97 degrees would tie the warmest day of the year. RDU recorded 97-degree highs on June 18 and June 19.
Scattered afternoon storms are possible on Sunday, but much of the area will stay dry.
An approaching front will push chances for precipitation higher on Monday.
"Our main threat from storms on Monday could be damaging wind gusts and large hail," Moss said. "But once this front passes, we will have a return of cooler and less humid air."
Highs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday should top out in the mid-80s, and overnight lows will dip to near 60 degrees each of those nights.