Sun returns, setting up pleasant weekend

Posted September 26, 2014 5:47 a.m. EDT
Updated September 26, 2014 2:46 p.m. EDT

Drier air will move into central and eastern North Carolina Friday, but it may be late in the day before the bulk of the Triangle sees sunshine, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

— Drier air moved into central and eastern North Carolina Friday afternoon, and the sun had broken through in downtown Raleigh by 3 p.m., WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

A stationary front just off the North Carolina coast will help produce showers in coastal communities on the final day of the work week. Rain isn't likely in the central part of the state, but clouds from the front will hover over the area through mid-afternoon.

Clearing began in the north and worked its way south during the afternoon.

"Areas like Fayetteville, Goldsboro or Southern Pines may not see noticeable changes until the evening commute," Gardner said.

The continued cloud cover will keep temperatures cool again, as highs will top out in the low 70s.

Despite the slow arrival of drier air, the weekend forecast remains "sunny and bright," Gardner says.

Highs Saturday and Sunday will climb into the upper 70s under partly cloudy skies, and overnight lows will dip into the upper 50s both nights.

Rain chances return Monday and Tuesday, but drier air will arrive again by the middle of next week.