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Published: 2007-12-08 10:13:00
Updated: 2007-12-08 16:02:09
Posted December 8, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. — A day after wintry weather iced the roads, the Triangle will see the beginnings of a warming trend that will persist into next week, WRAL meteorologists predicted.
Highs on Saturday will reach into the low and mid-60s and burst into the mid 70s by Monday, WRAL Meteorologist Mike Moss forecast.
"We're going to go a couple steps upward in the next couple of days," Moss said. "Today, we jumped quite a bit from yesterday, (we'll) take a little bit of a downward detour tomorrow, and then we really head up as we start the week on Monday."
A trough of low pressure deepening and moving east over California will create an upper-level ridge across the eastern United States. Above the ridge will be colder air, and warmer than normal air below it.
"Some of that will get carried up into North Carolina today and again on Monday," Moss said.
A southernly dip in the ridge will "interrupt our warming trend" overnight Saturday and through Sunday, he predicted. Northern parts of central North Carolina will see highs in the upper 50s, while temperatures more southernly areas will reach into the low 60s.
"Late tomorrow and into Monday, though, it lifts away to the north again, and we end up with a big warming trend to start the week," Moss said.
The forecast shows temperatures hitting 75 on Monday, 68 on Tuesday and back up to 75 on Wednesday. That could possibly break the record high for that day, set at 74 degrees in 1996.
Temperatures should break into the low 70s again on Thursday and then fall to 60 on Friday.