Summer-like air mass to stay put through Saturday
The summer-like air mass that arrived in central and eastern North Carolina Tuesday thanks to a warm front is going nowhere fast, as warm, muggy air will accompany temperatures in the mid-80s again Wednesday afternoon.Posted — Updated
Rain won't impact the Triangle like it did Tuesday, but areas along and east of Interstate 95 could see scattered showers and thunderstorms to go along with the warm temperatures.
By mid-afternoon, temperatures could be 10 degrees above normal across much of the area and within shouting distance of the Oct. 3 record of 91 degrees.
"This warm, muggy air is here to stay for at least a couple more days," Gardner said. "We have a better chance of dryer weather than we did yesterday, but we're going to have clouds around the area throughout the day."
Low cloud cover should lift by 9 a.m., but a stationary front in the central and western part of the state will help clouds stay put until early Thursday.
Temperatures will stay warm too once sunshine returns Thursday afternoon, climbing into the mid-80s Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
"We're not going to see any cooling until Sunday at the earliest, and it may even be Monday," Gardner said. "But once we do, it's going to be a big change."
If a cold front arrives Saturday, high temperatures on Sunday could top out in the mid-60s. Overnight lows by Monday morning could dip into the upper 40s.
"Get ready for fall weather again," Gardner said. "It will be here by Monday at the latest."