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Cool temps to linger through Tuesday; big warm-up coming

Posted May 14, 2013 6:01 a.m. EDT
Updated May 14, 2013 11:14 a.m. EDT

— Although a big warm-up is on the way, cool temperatures will dominate the weather in central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday. 

Highs will top out near 70 degrees after starting in the lows 40s, a record for May 14 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The previous record low on May 14 at RDU was set in 1997, when the mercury dipped to 43 degrees. 

"Enjoy this last day of pleasantly cool air, because it's going to be out of here by Wednesday," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. 

Highs Wednesday will be nearly 20 degrees warmer in some spots, likely topping out in the upper 80s in the immediate Triangle. The normal high temperature for May 15 is 79 degrees. 

Thursday will likely be the warmest day of the week, as highs could inch toward 90 degrees during the afternoon. 

"Once this last shot of cold air  moves out, we're going to settle into our summer-like pattern for the foreseeable future," Gardner said. "More humidity will arrive, and we'll start to see chances for scattered showers and storms during the afternoon."

Highs will stay in the mid-80s late in the work week and into the weekend, and overnight lows will be in the low 60s.