Finally! Spring weather in the forecast

Posted April 7, 2013 12:22 p.m. EDT
Updated April 7, 2013 9:48 p.m. EDT

— Temperatures climbed quickly into the 70s Sunday across central North Carolina, a sign of the warm weather that's expected to stick around for most of the week.

Highs Sunday topped out in the low 70s across the Triangle and were expected to climb as the week goes on.

Monday's high temperatures will climb into the upper 70s, and the Triangle could see its first 80-degree day of 2013 on Tuesday.

The last time the temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached 80 degrees was more than five months ago, on Oct. 25, 2012.

Wednesday's highs will be even warmer, topping out in the mid-80s. Overnight lows will be mild as well, staying in the 50s to near 60 degrees for much of the week.

"We've had some pollen coming out in the last few days, and we'll see much more this week with the warming highs," meteorologist Mike Moss said. "The pine pollen that gives many people issues during allergy season will be here soon."

The next chance for precipitation arrives Thursday, with the highest probability of rain coming Friday. Temperatures will back off slightly later in the week, topping out near 80 degrees Thursday before dipping back to near 70 by the weekend.