Raleigh, N.C. — Triangle residents woke up Monday to temperatures so low, they may have been tempted to double-check the date on the calendar.
Overnight lows dropped into the 50s across the region, making what should be a typically muggy summer morning feel more like fall.
“It’s very chilly for this time of year,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “We’re talking about nearly a record low at the airport this morning.”
Low temperatures at 6 a.m. were 50 degrees in Roxboro, 55 degrees in Wake Forest, 53 degrees in Rocky Mount and 56 degrees in Raleigh.
“Town by town, these temperatures are pretty dramatic,” Gardner said.
The crisp temps top off a beautiful weekend of low humidity, abundant sunshine and highs in the mid- to upper-80s. That trend will continue for one more day.
Monday’s forecast calls for a high of 85 degrees and pleasantly low humidity.
“It’s going to be another gorgeous day,” Gardner said.
A warming trend marks the rest of the week. The heat will creep back up over the next two days, with high temperatures inching back into the 90s on Tuesday and Thursday. There is an increased chance of storms later in the week.
“Even though this seems like an awfully cool start as kids head back to school, we have much warmer weather later in the week,” Gardner said.