Clear, dry week will keep temps low

Posted December 19, 2010 6:27 a.m. EST
Updated December 20, 2010 6:18 a.m. EST

— Clear skies and dry air will keep temperatures low, but North Carolinians can look forward to a week without frozen precipitation.

Temperatures were in the 20s early Monday, but plenty of sunshine was expected with highs in the low to mid 40s, WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson said. 

WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said the average temperature this December has been 42 degrees, 12 degrees lower than average December temperatures.

"It looks like we may end December on a very cold note and possibly be cold all of January," Deaner said.

High temperatures will reach the mid to upper 40s Tuesday through Friday, with overnight lows in the upper 20s. There will be varying degrees of cloud and sun those days.

Those temperatures are warmer than those of the past two weeks, but they're still below the seasonal average. In mid-December, the Triangle usually sees daily temperatures reaching into the low 50s and dipping into the low 30s.

Next Saturday – Christmas Day – will turn cloudy and slightly colder, with a high in the upper 30s.

"On Christmas Day, there's a chance of some rain," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss. "There's a small chance then that we finish off that rain with a brief period of snow, but it's too early to really worry about any details."