Clouds to keep temps below normal throughout work week

Posted September 23, 2014 12:41 p.m. EDT

7-Day Forecast

— Clouds and scattered showers will linger across central and eastern North Carolina through late Wednesday, helping keep temperatures well below normal for late September.

Highs Tuesday will struggle to reach the 70-degree mark, and afternoon highs on Wednesday could stay in the upper 60s, according to WRAL meteorologist Nate Johnson. North-northeasterly winds will make those temperatures feel even cooler.

"We're about 20 degrees cooler than normal in some spots," Johnson said at noon. "It's a noticeable change from what we saw over the weekend and even on Monday. A passing shower is possible this afternoon, but it won't be a washout."

The average high temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Sept. 23 is 80 degrees, while the low is 59 degrees. The Triangle may not see the 80-degree mark again until Sunday, although overnight lows will hover near normal for the remainder of the work week.

Wednesday's weather will continue to be cloudy, and showers could begin to form during the afternoon.

"We could see rain during the morning, but our rain chances will go up through the day," Johnson said. "By the evening commute, our rain chances could be up near 50 percent."

After two dreary days, more sunshine will return in earnest later in the week, helping push daytime highs back into the mid-70s by Thursday and Friday.