Published: 2014-10-04 17:27:00
Updated: 2014-10-04 22:05:25
Posted October 4, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Cool, dry air invaded central and eastern North Carolina Saturday behind a passing front, and clear skies will allow temperatures to dip to five-month lows across the area early Sunday.
Daytime highs reached the mid-70s in parts of the Triangle Saturday afternoon, but they will dive into the low 40s – and even upper 30s in some spots – early Sunday morning, WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.
The last time temperatures were below 45 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport was late April.
"Western parts of the state could see temperatures below freezing early Sunday, but we won't get that cold in our area," Wilmoth said. "We won't need to worry about frost."
The first freeze in 2013 came on Oct. 26, when low temperatures at RDU fell to 29 degrees. The normal first freeze occurs between Oct. 21 and Oct. 31, Wilmoth said.
Abundant sunshine will only warm temperatures into the mid-60s Sunday afternoon, about 10 degrees below normal.
The dry air will stay put across the area for the bulk of the week, as daytime highs will be in the mid-70s to near 80 degrees Monday through Friday.
Overnight lows will range from the mid-40s on Monday to low 60s later in the week.