Raleigh, N.C. — Cooler air will stay put across central and eastern North Carolina throughout the day Wednesday, but warmer temperatures will return for the latter half of the work week, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
Daytime highs Wednesday will struggle to climb into the mid-70s, about 5 to 10 degrees below normal for the middle of September.
"We were downright cool this morning with temperatures in the low 50s," Gardner said. "Even though we will see plenty of sunshine today, most of the area will struggle to get into the 70s this afternoon. It's almost long-sleeve weather."
Temperatures will climb into the 80s Thursday, Friday and Saturday, but dew points in the upper 50s to near 60 will keep the air from being sticky.
Overnight lows will hover between the upper 50s and low 60s for the next week.
"As the high pressure that is controlling our weather today moves out, it will open the door for moisture to return to the area," Gardner said. "We have a slight chance of showers Friday and Saturday, but much of the area will stay dry."
Chances for precipitation will climb to about 50 percent on Sunday as another front approaches. The front will also send daytime highs back into the 70s for the beginning of next week.