No April Fools joke: 80s are on the way

Posted April 1, 2010

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— The summer-like forecast of high temperatures in the 80s is no April Fools joke, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner promises.

"I feel like our forecast for Friday is an April Fools joke," Gardner said.

"It's hotter here than it is in Tampa," she said at noon Thursday, when it was about 79 degrees in Raleigh.

The mercury will rise to the mid 80s Thursday, then flirt with the record high of 90 degrees on Friday. The day's high, though, will likely stay a couple degrees shy of that mark.

Meanwhile, the skies will stay clear, filled only with a few passing clouds.

The same weather will prevail over Easter weekend: highs in the low to mid 80s, overnight lows in the 50s. Clouds will be thicker on Easter Sunday, but it will stay dry. The humidity will be low.

Those heading to the beach for the long weekend will likely see lower temperatures, due to the moderating influence of the ocean.

"It's tough to complain about the weather we're going to see over the next few days," Gardner said.

"It's going to be a great time to spend some time outside," she continued, "heading to the park, throwing the ball or Frisbee with the dog, a little golf game if you have time or just anything, just sitting on the park bench hanging out."


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  • Diabolical Apr 1, 2010

    Man it feels like a sauna out there. Now I wish it was thunder storming!

  • jgilchr Apr 1, 2010

    It is too early for this.

  • wildcat Apr 1, 2010

    Its about time. Now lets hear from the complainers!

  • jet2rdu Apr 1, 2010

    o No April Fools joke: 80s are on the way

    I thought they were touting the new prices for a barrel of crude oil, at eighty four dollars and 50 cents. It must soon be summer, gas prices are going up along with the temperature.

  • toocutefb Apr 1, 2010

    SOOOO glad is finally turning warm! Cant wait to get outside!

  • NoFreakinWay Apr 1, 2010

    of course it's no joke, the great triangle is good for 2 things, no in between season, we plow right from one into another AND for wind! So gear up for the heat and your yearly drought is back folks. If you planted something that needs rain, forget about it, it's already dead and if you didn't tie down the furniture you can pick it up at the lost and found 2 towns over by the time the wind gets through with it. Weather forecasting and weather reality stinks in Raleigh, have I ever told ya' that! Oh yes, I am your weather reality!