Sun returns by Friday afternoon

Posted September 25, 2014 5:42 a.m. EDT
Updated September 25, 2014 2:52 p.m. EDT

— Clouds will continue to move across the Triangle Thursday night, although most of the mist and drizzle left over from Wednesday's wet weather started moving out by noon, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

"Our stationary front to the east is still sitting along the coast, and cool, unsettled air is still pushing in," Gardner said.

Temperatures were in the low 60s early Thursday, and afternoon highs weren't expected to move much, topping out near 70 degrees.

The area was soaked by rain Wednesday, and flooding was reported along Interstate 540, on Forgotten Pond Road in Wake Forest and on Carver Street in Durham.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport saw 3.18 inches of rain, a new daily record for Sept. 24. The previous record, 1.63 inches, was set in 1947.

Clouds will begin to move out of the area on Friday, allowing sunshine to return gradually throughout the day.

"We thought we might see some sun late today, but it looks like it will be Friday before we really start to notice changes in our pattern," Gardner said. "We'll see decreasing clouds throughout the final day of the work week, marking the beginning of a very pleasant weekend."

Highs Friday will climb into the mid-70s. On Saturday and Sunday, afternoon temperatures could push toward 80 degrees under mostly sunny skies.

Gardner said, “Scattered showers will be back Monday and Tuesday.”

Overnight lows will dip into the upper 50s for the next several days.