From single digits to 66 degrees: Warmer temps are in our near future
Posted January 7, 2018 7:48 a.m. EST
Updated July 13, 2018 9:56 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Single-digit temperatures were reported in Raleigh and across the region on Sunday, but, astonishingly, temperatures could be in the upper 60s by the end of the work week.
The high temperature in Raleigh climbed to just 30 degrees Sunday, meaning the region has spent more than a week at or below freezing, according to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth.
Highs will continue to be chilly, in the 40s, on Monday before temperatures climb into the 50s mid-week and the 60s by Thursday or Friday.
"We'll start to have some pretty significant improvements by tomorrow afternoon," Wilmoth said.
A relatively dry, sunny start to the week will give way to some showers on Thursday or Friday, but there's a trade -- according to current forecasts, Friday could see a high of 66 degrees.
The change will be welcome in the Triangle, as last week wasn't just cold -- it was record-breaking.
"Temperatures on Sunday at 4 a.m. were bitterly cold, with RDU dropping to 4 degrees to break the old record low of 9 degrees from 2014," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, Raleigh broke a three-decades-old cold weather record when the City of Oaks spent 158 consecutive hours at or below 32 degrees measured at RDU.