Wonderfully warm start to week, but it will wane

Posted March 8, 2009
Updated March 9, 2009

— Partly to mostly sunny skies and continued unseasonably warm weather take us into the workweek, though nothing that nice is likely to last long in March, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Sunday night was mild beneath a bright moon, with lows in the 50s. Monday will be partly sunny and mild, and highs will reach the upper 70s to low 80s.

There's a "but," however.

“You certainly don’t need your winter coat this morning, but we can’t say that toward the end of the week. We’ve got some more big changes ahead,” Gardner warned. “It’s March – it’s normal … for us to go back and forth, back and forth this time of year.”

The pleasant day Monday comes with a fire warning. A cold front that is sinking across the state from the northwest is bringing dry air and brisk winds that make it a good idea to postpone any burning, Gardner said.

"There is a good chance we will tie or break a warm record set back in 1974 at Raleigh/Durham International Airport," WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said.

The cold front will usher in cooler, but still mild, air. Evening temperatures Monday will be in the upper 40s to low 50s. Mostly cloudy and cooler weather is expected for Tuesday, with highs in the low 60s.

Wednesday morning will be chilly, but it will warm up later in the day. Temperatures could reach the mid 70s.

Colder temperatures return Thursday on the heels of the cold front and may be accompanied by some rain.


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  • Shadow213 Mar 11, 2009

    ugh...I, for one, will be missing the warm weather when it's gone tomorrow. I detest the cold, it can never be too hot for me!

  • time4real Mar 9, 2009

    "What happens if it snows?"
    Kids will go to school on Saturday for the next 2 months AND all of Spring Break! What's left of it!

  • Commentor5 Mar 9, 2009

    What happens if it snows?

  • scarletindurham Mar 9, 2009

    This past weekend was so gorgeous I never wanted it to end!

  • They call me CATMAN Mar 9, 2009

    I am not ready for Summer yet like to cooler temps to stick around a little longer. It will be 98 Degrees with 100% humidity before you know it and that will be something I am not looking forward too.

  • Myrrdin Mar 9, 2009

    "Wonderfully warm start to week, but it will wane"

    Oh, you wascawwy wabbit!!

  • time4real Mar 9, 2009

    Looks like another blizzard in the works by week's end! Yeah baby!!!