Monday cloudy, but cooldown won't come until week's end

Posted December 14, 2015 6:21 a.m. EST
Updated December 14, 2015 6:25 a.m. EST

— Clouds will dominate on Monday and a band or two of scattered sprinkles and showers is likely in the afternoon, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said, but the cold front that crosses the state Monday into Tuesday won't have too much of an effect on the unseasonably warm temperatures.

Monday's forecast calls for another day in the low 70s, conditions that are able 20 degrees warmer than normal for mid-December.

"It will be cloudy, windy at times and rather humid Monday," Gardner said. "The rain chances appear highest from around midday through the afternoon."

Clear skies return Tuesday, when the temperatures is again forecast to reach 70 degrees. Wednesday, too, looks sunny and mild, Gardner said.

The real change won't come before the end of the week. Another cold front Thursday promises some showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm. Behind the front, temperatures will be more seasonal.

Friday's high is 55 degrees, and Saturday could see an overnight freeze and daytime temperatures in the 40s.