Picture-perfect day: Eat lunch outside, watch Bulls baseball

Posted April 8, 2013

— If WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner could plan the perfect way to spend this picture-perfect Monday, it would include eating lunch outside and then going to the Durham Bulls' opening day game.

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"It doesn’t get much better than today for a baseball game. Not every home opener has such beautiful weather," she said. "We can put away the winter clothes and winter coats for a while."

After a few games on the road, the Durham Bulls will play their first home game of the 2013 season Monday night. The Bulls are taking on the Gwinnett Braves at 6:05 p.m. Pre-game activities begin at 5 p.m.

Monday's high temperatures will climb into the upper 70s, and the Triangle could see its first 80-degree day of 2013 on Tuesday.

The last time the temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 80 degrees was more than five months ago, on Oct. 25, 2012.

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Wednesday's highs will be even warmer, topping out in the mid-80s. Overnight lows will be mild as well, staying in the 50s to near 60 degrees for much of the week.

"We've had some pollen coming out in the last few days, and we'll see much more this week with the warming highs," meteorologist Mike Moss said. "The pine pollen that gives many people issues during allergy season will be here soon."

The next chance for precipitation arrives Thursday, with the highest probability of rain coming Friday. Temperatures will back off slightly later in the week, topping out near 80 degrees Thursday before dipping back to near 70 by the weekend.


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  • 68_dodge_polara Apr 10, 2013

    Downtown Durham has gotten much better over the years. Just be sure to enter and exit the downtown area on the west side of downtown towards Duke campus and you shouldn't experience any problems. Just don't go North, East, or South of downtown especially after dark.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 8, 2013

    I stopped going to the Bulls games after they moved from the old Stadium.

  • Honesty first Apr 8, 2013

    I just love how WRAL is acting as a shill for Durham Bulls since they are owned by the guy who owns WRAL. Great to see how they do this and never mention the Mudcats. Can't you watch them too on a pretty day?

  • btneast Apr 8, 2013

    Sorry but can hardly breath with all the pollen and I am staying indoors

    Wow, if you think the pollen is bad now, you are in for a rough ride. The heavy pollen is yet to fall.....

  • kimisufu Apr 8, 2013

    This time of the year is torture for me. It's the perfect weather to be outside, but I can't breathe for the pollen.

  • sunshine1040 Apr 8, 2013

    Sorry but can hardly breath with all the pollen and I am staying indoors.

  • jsok123 Apr 8, 2013

    Yeah, what in the world ARE "they" spraying?!

  • Obamacare rises Apr 8, 2013

    Guitarman, are they spraying cancer causing particulates again?

  • guitarman9064 Apr 8, 2013

    I would stay inside, they have been geoengineering for the last few days , spraying in the skies heavily. watch "what in the world are they spraying" on youtube. I wish Greg or Elizabeth would talk about it.

  • wwrwheel Apr 8, 2013

    Sounds great!