Sunny Friday signals weekend warm-up

Posted November 8, 2012 6:15 p.m. EST
Updated November 9, 2012 1:43 p.m. EST

— Dry air and sunny skies ushered in warmer weather Friday just in time for a perfect fall weekend.

Temperatures in the 70s are forecast for Saturday, Sunday and Monday, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"The weekend just looks fantastic," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner.

By noon Friday, it had warmed into the 60s at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The second round of the NCHSAA football playoffs will kick off under clear skies around 7 p.m. and see temperatures dip into the 40s.

A huge area of high pressure will keep the atmosphere nice and dry across the eastern half of the country.

Veterans Day parades in Raleigh and Fayetteville Saturday should see a cool start under clear skies, with the weather warming through the afternoon.

"Right on through the weekend, we've got a lot of good stuff to look forward to," Fishel said.

"If you're headed to the beach this weekend, it's good fishing weather," Gardner said. Both the coast and mountains of North Carolina will see temperatures in the 60s this weekend.

Showers are possible Tuesday as warm air mixes with a coming cold front.

By Wednesday, that cold front will snap central North Carolina back into typical November weather with high temperatures in the 50s.