Cold front ushers in lovely, sunny Sunday

Posted September 23, 2012 8:55 a.m. EDT
Updated September 23, 2012 9:14 a.m. EDT

— A cold front that moved into central North Carolina overnight Sunday will bring low humidity, sunny skies and fair temperatures to the area – the perfect day for "going out for a picnic," said WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss.

"Temperatures are going to get in to the 70s out there. The humidity is going to be low compared to yesterday," Moss said. "We've had a turnaround thanks to a front that moved through."

The mercury climbed into the mid to high 80s on Saturday with high humidity that spawned a few bands of showers and isolated thunderstorms when it mixed with cool, dry air overnight.

Areas north and west of the Triangle saw the most rainfall from those storms, Moss said.

Northwest to northerly winds will help continue the cooling trend, and temperatures will tumble into the upper 40s overnight into Monday morning.

"We should be dropping to about 47 degrees, and that 47 is the first time we've been into the 40s out at Raleigh-Durham airport since back in May," Moss said. 

The airport recorded a temperature of 47 degrees on May 12. The normal low for late September is 59 degrees.

"It looks like we'll start a bit of a warming trend on Tuesday, getting up to 77 degrees with sunny skies. The warming continues on Wednesday – 84 then – and tops out this week with 86 degrees on Thursday," Moss said.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms are possible Thursday night.