Summer heat to take break after front passes
Posted July 15
Updated July 16
Raleigh, N.C. — A cold front that helped produce powerful thunderstorms Tuesday will slowly push through central North Carolina on Wednesday, marking the beginning of a multi-day period that will include cooler high temperatures and much lower humidity.
Parts of the Triangle could see more scattered showers and thunderstorms Wednesday, especially along the Interstate 95 corridor, but skies will clear gradually from the west during the afternoon and evening, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
"Spots east of the Triangle could end up with more rain, but we're headed for a glorious finish to the day from Raleigh westward," she said. "Once the front moves through, we're going to see a noticeable drop in temperatures and in the humidity."
High temperatures will top out in the low-to mid-80s Wednesday, about 5 to 10 degrees below normal for mid-July.
Sunshine will be the dominant weather feature Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and it will be accompanied by daytime highs in the upper 80s and overnight lows in the 60s.
"Our highs will still get to near normal the next three days, but it's going to feel much different since we get a break from the dew points in the 70s," Gardner said. "We're looking at a seven-day period with highs in the 80s, which is very rare for this time of year."
Rain chances will return on Sunday and Monday as highs continue to hover in the mid-80s.