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Rain showers roll in, cooler days on tap for Triangle

Posted December 27, 2015 7:06 p.m. EST
Updated December 28, 2015 7:38 a.m. EST

— Clouds will build in through the day Monday and temperatures will drop, the result of a back door cold front, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

The front will push a wedge of cooler air from the north into North Carolina, and by week's end, high temperatures – in the unseasonably warm 70s over the past week – will drop closer to normal.

On Monday, temperatures that were in the mid-60s before dawn will drop through the 50s by late afternoon.

"It will be turning cooler with some sprinkles and patchy light rain possible," Gardner said.

Although there is rain in the forecast Monday through Thursday, none of those days will be a total washout, Gardner said.

The outlook for New Year’s Eve looks promising for outdoor First Night festivities.

Thursday will start out cloudy and wet, with rain likely, especially morning to midday, Gardner said.

"There may be a chance of rain for the New Year's Eve festivities, but it will also, we believe, push out all this unsettled weather and bringing us back to more seasonable temperatures," she said.

Sunday's high temperature of 75 was a the third time in a month that Raleigh saw a record high for the date.

“It’s just been unreal. Our normal highs are in the 50s,” said WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.