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Warmest temperatures of 2013 arrive in Triangle

Posted April 9, 2013

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— The warmest temperatures of the year will arrive Tuesday afternoon across central and eastern North Carolina, setting up a three-day stretch that will include highs well above normal for early April.

With sunshine the dominant weather feature Tuesday afternoon, much of the Triangle will see the first 80-degree day of 2013, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

"We haven't been in the 80s since Oct. 25, 2012, but we'll get there this afternoon," Gardner said. "In fact, we'll be 5 to 10 degrees above normal by late this afternoon."

Temperatures were near 80 degrees at noon and will climb into the low 80s during the afternoon.

Wednesday's weather will be similar, as warm overnight temperatures will allow highs to climb into the mid-80s during the afternoon under mostly sunny skies.

"We'll be about 5 degrees away from a record high Wednesday, which is pretty remarkable when you consider our cold weather recently," Gardner said. "Definitely an abrupt change."

Along with the warm temperatures, humid air is also making a return to the area thanks to a high pressure system hovering off the East Coast.

Clouds will thicken through the day Thursday as a cold front approaches from the west, and by Friday morning the central part of the state could see strong to severe thunderstorms. 

"This weather system is going to arrive late Thursday and be sitting right on top of us Friday morning," Gardner said. "We'll have a wet commute for sure, and we could have the threat for some severe storms."

Sunshine will return once the front clears, setting up a picture-perfect weekend that will include mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-70s.

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  • jedichick Apr 9, 2013

    Oh, I fussed about the below average temps, nceducator. I do not do well in cold weather. I am quite pleased with 95 degree temps. :)

  • btneast Apr 9, 2013

    But you guys running your AC in the car are crazy.

    You do realize it is "greener' to run your AC than it is to drive with your windows down? The aerodynamics are ruined with the windows down, causing way more drag and less gas mileage. Its like dragging a parachute behind your car to ride with all of the windows down.

  • kbird Apr 9, 2013

    Ok, yesterday there was a 60 percent chance of rain thurs. & 80 on Friday. Now there is 20 on thurs. & 60 on Friday. How can it vary that much in one day?

  • Hammerhead Apr 9, 2013

    nceducator, there was an article nearly every day about the unusually cool weather in March and early April.

  • OneLove Apr 9, 2013

    Whew! It is a bit warm! But you guys running your AC in the car are crazy.

  • nceducator79 Apr 9, 2013

    I wonder why there wasn't a huge fuss about the below average temps we had for a few weeks........

  • PanthersFan45 Apr 9, 2013

    I hope the extended forecast for Saturday and Sunday hold up. I would love to put on the shorts and t-shirt and head to one of the parks. Maybe Shelly Lake or the trails near the Museum of Art .... Really any trail will do for me.

  • Good Bye WRAL Apr 9, 2013

    If these are the warmest temps for 2013, wow! We're in for a very cool summer. Cool!