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Sunny, breezy and warm will yield to Friday rain

Posted March 1, 2012

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— Central North Carolina saw sunny skies and breezy conditions Thursday as temperatures reached 80 degrees in some areas. 

The record high for the first day of March was set in 1979, when the temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport topped out at 83 degrees. 

"It's really enjoyable to be able to go outside and do stuff," said Shane Carter, of Fayetteville. 

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Temperatures will dip back into the mid-40s Thursday night as the next system that could bring rain to the Triangle approaches from the south. By Friday afternoon, showers and thunderstorms – some of which could be severe – return to the forecast.

Saturday's forecast is similar, with highs in the low 70s and a chance for thunderstorms. 

Temperatures will begin to cool Sunday as the unsettled air moves out of the area. Highs should top out near 60. By early next week, overnight lows will return to the low to mid-30s and high temperatures will drop back into the mid-50s. 

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  • btneast Mar 2, 2012

    I hope this doesn't mean we are in for a very hot summer.

    ....summers are always hot here....and humid.....I always dread August.

  • btneast Mar 2, 2012

    Severe weather hardly never comes from the West.

    ...you are correct, it usually comes out of the south to southwest

  • mluddysr Mar 2, 2012

    I would really like to see you guys move to the next level of weather forecasting - warm and sunny days, maybe just let it rain at night when it needs to...
    Am I asking too much?

  • jmf1073 Mar 1, 2012

    Watch out for flying guts.

  • Ambygirl Mar 1, 2012

    Panthers I believe it's going to be very hot!! I'm not looking forward to extremely humid days and 90+ temps...... hoping the spring will hang around awhile....

  • PanthersFan45 Mar 1, 2012

    I heard lawn care equipment running this AM just outside my workplace. Trees are starting to bud ..... spring wants to get going early this year after the mild winter we have been enjoying. I am enjoying it, but I hope this doesn't mean we are in for a very hot summer.

  • Ambygirl Mar 1, 2012

    daclever-- LOL!! hahahahaha!

  • daclever Mar 1, 2012

    "It'll be windy, with guts up to 25 miles per hour.." Eww.

  • jblake1932 Mar 1, 2012

    uh oh, they are already wringing their hands because of the next sytem coming from the West on Sat. Please, simmer down. This is normal and it always plays out the same. Severe weather hardly never comes from the West. I for one will not wring my hands every time there is a chance of rain! Nor run for the hills.