Sunny Monday tops record high

Posted October 17, 2011

Indian summer warmed up the Triangle Monday, pushing the mercury to a record high for the date. At 3 p.m., it was 87 degrees in downtown Raleigh at WRAL Studios and 84 degrees at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The previous record high, 84 degrees was set in 2007. 

WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said the warm weather should stick around through Tuesday before a low pressure system brings rain chances to the area Tuesday night and Wednesday. 

"Average temperatures this time of year are usually in the mid 70s," Gardner said. "Today will be unusually warm, but it will be a great day to head out to the state fair – a nice, warm fall day."

Skies will become cloudy Tuesday night into Wednesday with rain chances increasing overnight, Gardner said. A front to the north will combine with a low pressure system moving north from the Gulf of Mexico to produce those showers. 

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"We'll have some rain by late tomorrow and into the day Wednesday," Gardner said. "Wednesday morning will be pretty messy during the morning commute."

High temperatures will drop some 20 degrees by midweek, with highs only reaching into the mid 60s Thursday and Friday. Lows will fall into the low 40s and even upper 30s in rural areas, Gardner said. 

"In October you usually get a little bit of everything, and that's going to be the case this week," she said. "Very warm for this afternoon and then cold by the end of the week."


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  • The Chief is wrong Oct 17, 2011

    SeanKelley - "No, we don't. Indian summer is only seen in autumn."

    Ummm negative. As i stated before we've had Indian Summers in December, January and February.

  • mmtlash Oct 17, 2011

    noticing the artical states this is Indian summer.... this isn't Indian summer....we haven't even had our 1st frost of the year....this is just called "October in central NC"....

  • sandiegom22 Oct 17, 2011

    "If you don't like the weather in NC just wait 5min." `NCism

  • tierneemalinadeveaux Oct 17, 2011

    Praise the Lord for those cool temps headed our way!

  • letourkidspay4it Oct 17, 2011

    let's see, official RDU stats from last winter: zero record lows, 2 record low daily max temps, 3 record high max temps and another record high overnight low. But, we got a whopping 8" of snow in December.

    So, based on that, and ignoring this summer, and a little under 3% of peer reviewed papers, global warming is a liberal conspiracy of rich climatologists against the defenseless energy companies.

  • seankelly15 Oct 17, 2011

    The Chief is wrong - " We have Indian Summer in December, January and February too..."

    No, we don't. Indian summer is only seen in autumn.

  • tmp1 Oct 17, 2011

    I wish I lived in YouMakeItSoEasy's part of NC, never putting away my shorts sounds AWESOME! Unfortunately, I've had to put away my shorts every year since I've been here, which is more than a few years.

  • The Chief is wrong Oct 17, 2011

    Just a little Indian Summer thats all. We have Indian Summer in December, January and February too so nothing new here.

  • Boot-the-DC-Tyrant Oct 17, 2011

    I blame it (warm temps) on Capitalism and George Bush. Why? becase that seems to be the standard liberal excuse for everything these days!

  • marktroll Oct 17, 2011