Published: 2019-12-22 09:26:00
Updated: 2019-12-23 12:21:12
Posted December 22, 2019 9:26 a.m. EST
Updated December 23, 2019 12:21 p.m. EST
By Aimee Wilmoth, WRAL meteorologist
Raleigh, N.C. — Monday will be a cool, rainy day -- but plenty of sunshine and unseasonably warm temperatures will arrive for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Rain will build throughout Monday afternoon, becoming heavy at times. It will be wet in the Triangle, but the heaviest rain will fall to our south. A high in the low 50s on Monday afternoon will keep things chilly.
Raincoats and umbrellas will be a necessity for after-work Christmas shopping, and the morning and evening commutes are likely to be messy.
The rain should decrease Monday evening and overnight, with only a 20 percent chance for precipitation at 8 p.m.
According to WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth, after all rain moves out around midnight, the weather takes a pleasant turn for Tuesday. Highs will be in the 60s on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and things will stay dry.
Tuesday, or Christmas Eve, will be one of the warmest days of the week, with a high around 63 degrees. The day will be bright and sunny, and it will be a beautiful day to get outdoors.
Christmas Day will also be mild. With a high around 62 degrees, temperatures will again be well above average.
The day will be cloudier than Tuesday, but rain is not expected.
According to Wilmoth, the entire region will be unusually warm the entire week. Highs are expected to be in the low 60s all week, and little to no rain is expected. Saturday and Sunday could be the warmest days of the week, with highs around 65 degrees.