Cool fall weather starts the week, but summer temps return Wednesday

Posted August 25, 2019 6:26 p.m. EDT
Updated August 26, 2019 9:19 a.m. EDT

— The first day of the school year for students in many central North Carolina districts will feel more like October than August.

Monday marks the opening of the 2019-20 school year in Wake, Durham, Cumberland and many other surrounding counties. Chapel Hill-Carrboro is the outlier. Students there will head back on Tuesday.

Temperatures were in the 60s early Monday morning, so kids may want to dress in layers, especially if they are waiting at a bus stop.

Monday will offer partly to mostly cloudy skies and comfortable, unseasonably cool temperatures. The forecast high for Raleigh is 81 degrees, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Although the first half of the day will be cloudy, the sun should be out when kids get out of school. There is only a small chance for a shower northeast of Raleigh, but most will remain dry.

Tuesday will be another milder day, with partly cloudy skies and a high around 83 degrees in Raleigh.

7-Day Forecast

By Wednesday, temperatures will be in the upper 80s again. The weather grows gradually warmer as the week goes on, but temperatures never reach 90 degrees.

The best chance for rain comes Wednesday afternoon, when humidity precedes a cold front. That clash could spark some afternoon thunderstorms.

Last year, the temperatures during the final week of August were in the mid-90s.

Nothing to worry about this week in the tropics

While there are multiple active systems in the Atlantic Ocean, those are far enough out to sea to make it too early to consider a North Carolina impact.

The more immediate disturbance could bring an increased risk for rip currents and some rough surf to the North Carolina coast over the next few days, but the Tar Heel State should not see any direct impact as it stays far off the coast.

Forecasters said Tropical Storm Dorian was gathering strength Monday while approaching islands in the eastern Caribbean Sea, and could strike Puerto Rico and its neighbors as a minimal hurricane on Tuesday.

The U.S. National Hurricane Center issued tropical storm warnings for Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines. A tropical storm watch was issued for Grenada and Martinique.