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Winter warm-up on the way as temps to top 70

Posted December 17, 2013

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— Saturday will be the first official day of winter, but don’t tell the thermometer that.

North Carolina residents will be able to mark the winter solstice with a wardrobe of sandals and short sleeves as the mercury rises to unseasonably warm temperatures by the end of the week. Saturday high will hit 75 degrees.

“Seventy-five degrees on Sunday with variable cloudy skies – amazing,” WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. “Our normal high temperature is 52, so we’re going to be more than 20 degrees above normal. We may end up tying the record high, which was set back in 1967.”

The warm-up is welcome after a few weeks of consistently chilly temperatures and a bout of rain. Gardner said a rush of warm air from the west is responsible for the change.

But don’t put away the coats just yet.

Wednesday will mark the coldest day of the week before temperatures begin to rise.

A cold front dipping down from the north will keep the mercury in the 40s Wednesday, Gardner said. “We’re going to have a hard time making it to 50 tomorrow,” she said. “We looking at 40s really for most of the day.”

By mid-day, Tuesday temperatures had reached 60 degrees in central North Carolina, and overnight lows will hover just below freezing.

The forecast is dry until Saturday, when there is a 70 percent chance of light rain across the region.
 

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  • InterestedNurse Dec 18, 2013

    So...the flu doesn't come from the temperature. Everyone knows that right? Please tell me you guys know that.

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Dec 17, 2013

    BAH-HUM-BUG

  • mafiamic Dec 17, 2013

    It's going to be 43 degrees in upstate NY this weekend, and currently 26 degrees in Buffalo according to Weather.com

    It snowed in Penn last night this,Penn/MD border,and moved along.been in the 20's all day.Sunday suppose to get to 65,so sunny Christmas,there.
    Weather is weather,don't like it don't hate it just tolerate it for it doesn't hear the moans and groans it just does.

  • simplelogic Dec 17, 2013

    I'm sure glad I got the flu vaccine - now I don't have to bundle up and swelter to death when it's 75 degrees outside.

  • Obamacare for one and all Dec 17, 2013

    Everyone wear sweaters and long underwear this weekend so you don't catch the flu.

  • Bill Brasky Dec 17, 2013

    "I love global warming."

    Please learn the difference between weather and climate.

  • chance2llc Dec 17, 2013

    Dress the same. Its still flu season. Don't want anyone sick around Christmas and the up coming New Years.

    What????!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bill Brasky Dec 17, 2013

    "This warm spell with stir up the global warming pot. Friend just texted me, it's minus 25 in upstate NY. I would imagine NY's governor will want a law past for that too... it's now against the law to allow temps below 10 deg F...."

    It's going to be 43 degrees in upstate NY this weekend, and currently 26 degrees in Buffalo according to Weather.com

  • WralCensorsAreBias Dec 17, 2013

    Ahh yes, the usual Carolina Christmas. Cut offs and air conditioning.

  • UpChuck Dec 17, 2013

    "Dress the same. Its still flu season. Don't want anyone sick around Christmas and the up coming New Years."

    You do understand that cold to hot weather or vice versa doesn't make you sick, right?

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