Sunshine, warm temps return Friday

Posted March 14, 2013
Updated March 15, 2013

— Sixty-degree temperatures will return to central and eastern North Carolina on the final day of the work week, and the warmest air of the spring will make its way to the area by Saturday. 

"We have a ridge of high pressure off to our south and west, and this warm air is going to start making its way into the area Friday," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. 

Temperatures will start in the 30s early Friday but will climb quickly once the sun rises. Afternoon highs should top out in the low 60s as abundant sunshine dominates the day. 

Overnight lows will stay warm early Saturday, only dipping into the upper 40s as a warm southwest wind keeps temperatures from dipping into the 30s.

That warm start will allow Saturday's high temperatures to climb well into the 70s, about 10 degrees above normal for mid-March. 

Clouds will accompany the warm-up as a front sags into the Triangle from the north and west. Showers will arrive later in the day, Maze said.

"Models are suggesting some showers later in the day, and it's likely going to linger over us on Sunday," Maze said. 

Significant rain isn't expected, but the wet pattern will likely remain on Sunday as temperatures return to the upper 50s. Areas along the Virginia border will have higher chances for rain.

Rain is also possible Monday and Tuesday, when highs will once again be back in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees.


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  • Obamacare rises Mar 15, 2013

    Hi Ambygirl.

  • Ambygirl Mar 15, 2013

    lorid, I hope it is the Weather Channel! 70's and no precip would be the bomb :) !

  • lorid27549 Mar 15, 2013

    Nancy....thanks! Funny thing is, NOAA has 30% and the Weather Channel has 20%. I guess somebody will be right! :)

  • Nancy Mar 15, 2013

    lorid, apparently so! But according to their report, it's due to a front moving in from the north but won't happen until late in the day, something is coming for the high temp to go from mid 70's to high 50's the next day !

  • kornfan2448 Mar 15, 2013

    Bring on the warmer temps!

  • lorid27549 Mar 15, 2013

    The 7-day forecast shows 90% chance of precip on Sat. That's not it?

  • Nancy Mar 15, 2013

    Yeah! Finally will get outside to trim some flowering shrubs before they get too big come blossom time!