Triangle Temps Are Moving On Up

Posted December 8, 2007

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— 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.


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  • TheWB Dec 10, 2007

    There is no global warming, what we are having is global roller coaster. Ice one day and 80 degrees a few days later.

  • bobdillin123789 Dec 9, 2007

    /sarcasm on


    /sarcasm off

  • Hammerhead Dec 9, 2007

    Crisp, read my post, I said that the virus is better able to survive in dry conditions. The indoor confinement helps spread the virus.

  • nccommonsense Dec 9, 2007

    This forum is so silly with all of these comments that everyone writes here. The weather here is lovely. If you don't like it then move away regardless if you lived here all your life or not. I for one have lived most of my live in a far colder climate than here so be happy that you have warmth and sun. In addition I am glad the weather is warmer here given that most of the people here can't even drive in the rain or anything like that silly weather front we had Friday morning. If you want snow go north you will find it somewhere.

  • North Carolina Native Dec 9, 2007

    It is so nice outside!! I love not having to wear a coat. It could still snow on Christmas! You never know it is NC.

  • sam62 Dec 9, 2007

    Warm Christmas is nothing new in NC. I remember as a very young boy, (early 1950's)it was so warm on Christmas day that we were out playing in shorts and tee shirts, and found a snake out crawling around. He was not cold either as he moved rather quickly when he realized that we were in his area. I cannot remember if this was before or after Hurricane Hazel, but close to that event.

  • Steve Crisp Dec 8, 2007

    To both hammerhead and skywatch:

    That theory connecting cold weather with the flu as a function of close confinement of groups of people has very recently been called into question. A recent study indicates that the flu virus itself has a far longer survival rate when the air is cold and dry, conditions that are much more prevelent in the winter. It also explains why flu does not explode in September and October when kids go back to school and the same conditions of crowding exist as they do in the winter months.

    The NYT article with further citations is at:

  • Skywatch_NC Dec 8, 2007

    The last time I had a white Christmas was in 2002 ...went to Indiana to see relatives though to get one! :)

  • Space Mountain Dec 8, 2007

    I was born and raised here, too. I still hate the mild winter. I want some cold and snow for Christmas!

  • Skywatch_NC Dec 8, 2007

    So, you're saying that our system is compromised during this time of year?

    I got that info from a link.