Sunshine returns to central NC as low pressure moves out

Posted October 6, 2015

— For the first time in more than a week, sunshine will dominate the day Tuesday across central and eastern North Carolina.

The clearing comes after the area saw 12 consecutive days of measurable precipitation between Sept. 24 and Oct. 5, a streak that tied a record set in 1887. In the stretch of rainy days, Raleigh-Durham International Airport received 7.8 inches of rain.

The area of low pressure responsible for some of the precipitation will pull away from the coast of the Carolinas on Tuesday.

"I saw some starts peeking through the clouds this morning when I came in, and we'll have a great day today as sunshine returns," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "It will pleasantly cool as we see the sun come up Tuesday morning, and it will be very nice through the day."

Daytime highs Tuesday will climb into the low 70s across much of the area, setting up a pleasant rest of the week that will include abundant sun and highs in the 70s and possibly low 80s.

Overnight lows will be in the 50s to near 60 degrees through the weekend.

"We'll be mostly sunny on Wednesday and then partly cloudy on Thursday," Gardner said. "It will be nice throughout the week, but we do have a chance to see some rain late Friday night."


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