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Dip in temps, gas prices start Memorial Day weekend

Posted May 27, 2011

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— High temperatures and gas prices have pummeled North Carolinians recently, but they're both taking a small dip for Memorial Day weekend.

The daily highs will reach around 86 degrees Friday, 83 degrees Saturday and 88 degrees Sunday – still above normal but a relief from a four-day string of 90-plus degree highs.

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"There's a trade-off. It will be cooler, but we have a better chance of storms," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Scattered afternoon and evening storms could strike both Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the best chance for storms will be from the Triangle west, while both central and eastern North Carolina have a shot at storms Saturday.

"Those storms certainly could bring some damaging winds and large hail, but we are not expecting widespread severe weather," Gardner said.

The chance of storms will recede on Memorial Day, and 90-degree temperatures will also make their return.

Gas prices have also skyrocketed recently and remain about a dollar more expensive than this time last year. However, prices have started to come down in the past week – a small break for the 865,000 North Carolinians who AAA expects to hit the road for Memorial Day.

AAA Fuel Gauge estimated that a gallon of regular, unleaded gas cost an average of $3.695 in Raleigh and $3.71 in North Carolina on Friday. That was down from an average of $3.87 three weeks ago.

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WRAL News found gas for as low as $3.55 a gallon at an Exxon station on Lake Wheeler Road in Raleigh and $3.66 at a BP station on Miami Boulevard in Durham and at an Exxon station on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville.

Earlier in May, gas prices were pushing $4 a gallon at some stations in Raleigh.

Experts say that the price of crude oil has gone down because of a slight dip in unemployment compared to April and the strengthening dollar. Generally, as the dollar strengthens, people invest it in more and less in commodities such as crude oil, driving down their prices.

Oil prices have fallen more than $10 a barrel since the beginning of May.

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  • rbarham3 May 27, 2011

    Gas prices go up $1.00 and then come down $0.10, and we feel so much relief.....Gosh!

  • Shamrock May 27, 2011

    "it's lazy becasue you refuse to change your habits. You could always take the bus."
    Common Nonsensical

    Lazy people do not usually go to work. Sorry, but there are no buses from where I live to my office. Maybe Give us da heat and drought can lend some insight to how this may be accomplished?

  • awr117 May 27, 2011

    Scattered afternoon and evening storms could strike both Friday and Saturday.

    Are these storms today considered "scattered"? Its been raining all day!

  • Common Nonsensical May 27, 2011

    "Exactly how is filling up your car and going to work, or anywhere else, being lazy?"

    it's lazy becasue you refuse to change your habits. You could always take the bus.

  • Common Nonsensical May 27, 2011

    "WOW! 865,000 NC drivers on the road? uh..I'm staying home. Just imagine if gas dropped .50 cents. YIKES!"

    Wish I had a choice. I am going to have to work Monday. I hate drawing the short straw. Ah well, 2Xpay don't suck.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx May 27, 2011

    "And lazy America will continue to fill up and drive pleading "their jobs made them do it."

    Exactly how is filling up your car and going to work, or anywhere else, being lazy?

  • lma1973 May 27, 2011

    If 4 dollar a gallon gas is going to keep folks at home versus 3 dollar a gallon gas, then those folks dont need to be vacationing anyway. We're talking a 20 dollar difference in filling up a 20 gallon tank.

  • VoiceMatters May 27, 2011

    WOW! 865,000 NC drivers on the road? uh..I'm staying home. Just imagine if gas dropped .50 cents. YIKES!

  • hfweather May 27, 2011

    However, prices have started to come down in the past week – a small break for the 865,000 North Carolinians who AAA expects to hit the road for Memorial Day

    like i said what recession not stopping these people now is it?

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas May 27, 2011

    Neither dip matters squat. Temps will be blazing and record drought comes with it through November.
    As for gas prices, a dip? Big jackin' whoop. It's a dollar more than a year ago and in another 2-3 months when they shut the gulf down for hurricane after hurricane, right NOAA, gas will go to 5 and 6 a gallon easily.

    And lazy America will continue to fill up and drive pleading "their jobs made them do it."

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