Cold temperatures will stick around in the Triangle through Monday

Posted October 17, 2015 3:07 p.m. EDT
Updated October 19, 2015 5:45 a.m. EDT

— Residents in central and eastern North Carolina were waking up to below-average temperatures in the 30s early Monday, a trend that will last through the first couple of days of the work week.

Lows dipped into the upper 20s and low 30s in many spots, and daytime highs Monday will only climb into the uper 50s to near 60 degrees, about 10 to 15 degrees below average for mid-October.

A freeze watch is in effect for the bulk of the Triangle from 4 to 9 a.m. on Monday. The counties in the watch area include, Wake, Johnston, Harnett, Lee, Chatham, Durham, Orange, Granville, Vance and Franklin. A frost advisory was in effect for the remainder of the area.A freeze watch means sub-freezing temperatures are possible, conditions that could kill crops or other sensitive vegetation.

Temperatures will moderate a bit by midweek, with highs returning to the 70s by Wednesday.

Overnight lows will moderate, too, climbing into the 40s on Tuesday and near 50 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Sunshine is expected to dominate throughout the week.