Published: 2013-05-10 06:56:00
Updated: 2013-05-10 12:22:41
Posted May 10, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Abundant sunshine and a high pressure system sitting off the North Carolina coast will likely create the warmest day of 2013 in the Triangle Friday, as afternoon highs will climb into the upper 80s.
Temperatures have cracked the 80-degree mark just seven times in 2013, and if temperatures reach the forecast high of 87 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, it will be the warmest day in the area since Oct. 3, 2012, when daytime high hit 86 at RDU.
"We'll be toasty today," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "Most of the area will see 80 degrees by lunchtime, and it will continue to climb slowly through the afternoon." Your spring photos
Temperatures were in the low 80s in spots at lunchtime.
Spotty afternoon showers or thunderstorms are possible thanks to an approaching cold front, but much of central and eastern North Carolina will stay dry and see only high clouds on the final day of the work week.
On Saturday, however, parts of eastern North Carolina could see strong to severe thunderstorms as the powerful front barrels through the state. Areas along and east of Interstate 95 will have the greatest threat for severe weather, but the entire state could see scattered thunderstorms.
Highs Saturday will back into the 70s thanks to the clouds and rain.
"Don't get used to Friday's warmth, because we have chilly temperatures returning by the first part of next week," Gardner said.
Mother's Day highs will top out in the mid-70s as clouds move out of the area by late afternoon.
On Monday, highs will struggle to climb into the mid-60s despite mostly sunny skies.
"We're going to see a 20-degree dip in just three days," Gardner said. "Monday night, our forecast low at RDU is 40 degrees. We could easily see some upper 30s in more rural areas north of the Triangle."