Autumn 'chill is here'

Posted October 7, 2012 7:05 a.m. EDT
Updated October 7, 2012 11:04 p.m. EDT

— It will feel like fall for the opening of the State Fair this week.

"The chill is here, and it sticks around for the next day or so," WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said.

Lows were predicted to fall into the 40s late Sunday and early Monday, after temperatures dropped more than 20 degrees from Saturday to Sunday. Sunday's highs were 54 degrees in Roxboro, 61 in Raleigh and 70 in Fayetteville.

The high Monday will be around 55 degrees, rising only into the low 60s Tuesday. Lows will be in the mid to upper 40s.

Light rain will fall off and on throughout central and eastern North Carolina Monday. Tuesday will be drier but still cloudy.

"We'll have some nice weather by the middle of the week, but until then, it will be cool, and we'll have cloudy skies and some showers to contend with," Wilmoth said.

The weather will become more pleasant on Wednesday, as the sun returns, and temperatures rise into around 75 degrees.

The forecast for the first weekend of the State Fair looks seasonable and partly sunny, with highs around 70 degrees and lows in the 50s.

"Next weekend, let's hope it says that way," Wilmoth said.