Warm weekend a welcome change from the last one

Posted March 6, 2009

— The weekend promises just about perfect weather, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said Friday.

Week's weather shows N.C.'s colors Weather extremes in evidence

Saturday and Sunday will be two of the warmest days so far this year, with afternoon temperatures reaching 82 degrees, he said.

On Friday, morning clouds cleared for springlike sunshine, and the afternoon high broke the 70-degree mark. Overnight, skies will be clear with a low near 50 degrees.

Even greater warming and dry weather are ahead for the weekend, when Daylight Saving Time returns and clocks "spring ahead" at 2 a.m. Sunday, too.

Surface and upper-level high pressure will keep warm, southerly breezes flowing into North Carolina through the weekend, raising temperatures to unseasonable highs. It will be a little bit cooler at the coast, Fishel said, because cool water temperatures have a moderating effect even when it gets warmer inland

"If you are planning anything outdoors that requires the weather being dry and warm, then this is the perfect weekend for you," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

The pleasant weather will stick around to start the workweek. "Monday's not going to be too shabby either," Fishel said.

"It is really not going to cool off until the end of next week," he said.

By the end of next week, though, more seasonable conditions for March should return on the heels of a cold front that could bring some rain.


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  • time4real Mar 6, 2009

    a welcomed change by whom? Kim Deanor??

  • Space Mountain Mar 6, 2009

    It's going to snow again next weekend.

  • TeresaBee Mar 6, 2009

    I still have a backyard to rake.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 6, 2009

    Last Sun.-Mon. rain to mix to snow storm, this weekend t-shirts and shorts! lol ;)

  • ckblackm Mar 6, 2009

    I miss the snow :(

  • time4real Mar 6, 2009

    are you happy Kim, 'Liz and Mike? Greg is not certainly, but hopefully the others can get back to normal now. They sure did get frustrated having to tell the public that it would be cold or might snow. No worries about that stuff now ladies. Now you can get the humid & sweat meters ready because 8 months of it and drought are on the way! Sorry Mr. Fishel.

  • sayitoutloud Mar 6, 2009

    WOOOO HOOOO come on SPRING!!!

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 6, 2009

    Darn! Gonna have to break out the iron and get my shorts ready. :-)

  • exteacher Mar 6, 2009

    hooray for spring!

  • nowon_yuno Mar 6, 2009

    I blame global warming

    And thats a heck of a Rick Romero story title. Heat makes things melt? Who knew!