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Temperatures plummet overnight to normal February range

Posted February 24
Updated February 26

— A cold front that moved into the area overnight sent balmy weekend temperatures back into normal winter ranges.

This month is on pace to become the warmest February on record at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, but Triangle residents will get a brief return to normal weather over the weekend.

Temperatures on Friday climbed to about 80 degrees and are expected to do so for a third straight day on Saturday. While temperatures reached spring-like heights by Saturday afternoon, a cold front that brings the chance for strong thunderstorms will move in and drop temperatures into the 40s before midnight.

After setting a 130-year record for most number of 80-degree days in February, overnight temperatures could drop down into the mid-30s, Moss said, bringing more normal temperatures for the end of the weekend.

"(Sunday) we're going to stay cooler (with) our high around 57," Moss said. "That's not far from normal."

Sunday morning will be a cold start to the day and remain cool throughout staying in the 50s for most of the day.

"We'll climb back into the 60s on Monday. We'll have an increase in clouds throughout the day, and we may have a couple of showers very late on Monday, but most of the day stays dry," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be even warmer with temperatures in the upper 70s, and a cold front will cause a drop in temperatures later next week.

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