Temperature swings to create 'wild ride' during next several days

Posted December 4, 2013

— Unseasonably warm air will filter into central and eastern North Carolina during the last three days of the work week, but a cold front will cool things off quickly for the weekend, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. 

Light rain fell across parts of the Triangle early Wednesday, setting up a mostly cloudy day with highs that will likely top out in the mid-60s. Some areas could see occasional sunshine during the afternoon, but much of the central part of the state will stay cloudy.

"We did see some light rain in the southern Triangle early Wednesday, but that is moving out," Moss said. "Don't expect any measurable rain throughout the day, but clouds are going to stick around for much of the afternoon."

Overnight lows on Thursday morning will hover in the mid-50s, about 20 degrees warmer than normal for early December. 

On Thursday afternoon, highs will climb into the low 70s thanks to partly cloudy skies and a warm, southerly flow, Moss said. 

Temperatures will soar even higher on Friday, topping out in the upper 70s. The record high temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Dec. 6 was set in 1998, when the daytime high reached 80 degrees.

"We will have a southwesterly wind at 15 to 25 mph on Friday, and it is going to help that warm air just pour into the area as our next cold front approaches," Moss said. 

Clouds will increase throughout the evening hours on Friday, and rain chances will go up significantly by daybreak on Saturday and linger throughout the weekend. It won't be a complete washout, but the entire Triangle has a good chance to see showers at some point on Saturday and Sunday.

Temperatures will plummet throughout the day on Saturday, dropping from the upper 50s to near 60 degrees into the 40s by early afternoon, Moss said. 

On Sunday, daytime highs may not reach 40 degrees. 

"We could be near a 40-degree difference in our Friday high temperature and Sunday afternoon temperatures," Moss said. "Get ready for a bit of a wild ride over the next few days."


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  • Dan Cooper Dec 5, 2013

    The folks who rely on weather forecasting to schedule their workweek or even workday really appreciate the weather center's impeccable accuracy this week.

  • luvstoQ Dec 4, 2013

    Be thankful for the weather here. My sister lives in AR and beginning tonight they will have frigid temps below freezing for a week or more, with freezing rain, sleet, snow or all three. Brrrrr!!

  • The chief Dec 4, 2013

    Yes sir Jimm57!! Im going to be taking my motorcycle out on Friday and getting a good ride in as well. Hate the winter but glad we can sneak days in every now and then.

  • WralCensorsAreBias Dec 4, 2013

    "Come on NC, pick a season and stick with it!"

    Will never happen. Crank up the AC.

  • shieldstas Dec 4, 2013

    Come on NC, pick a season and stick with it!

  • Jimm57 Dec 4, 2013

    Motorcycle riding weather again! Ride safe my fellow bikers. And y'all in cars and trucks, please keep a watchfull eye out there for us!

  • tranzorg Dec 4, 2013

    This is why I like calling North carolina home.

  • anotherbabyboomer Dec 4, 2013

    Being from the North, I am happy to have periods of nice temps throughout the season. Love it here!