Weather

Rain Lingers, Temperatures Swing

Posted March 31, 2008 7:10 a.m. EDT
Updated March 31, 2008 5:06 p.m. EDT

— A chilly and wet Monday is just the start of a wild week of weather fluctuations for the Triangle, WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Light and spotty precipitation extended across the region Monday adding to the rain accumulated over the weekend. Central and eastern North Carolina will have a chance of rain in each of the next five days and temperatures will swing back and forth.

March tends to be an interesting month, meteorologically speaking, WRAL Meteorologist Chris Thompson added. "Severe weather, frosty mornings and warm, windy days are just part of the weather landscape this month," Thompson wrote on the WRAL WeatherCenter Blog.

Some fog will form overnight, then on Tuesday, "our wind really picks up and rushes that warm air in," Gardner added. Highs will reach into the lower 70s, and a front could bring scattered showers and thunderstorms late in the day.

Wednesday and Thursday, temperatures will dip, then "jump back into the 70s Friday," she added.

Thompson looked ahead to more stability. "As we go through April, our normal high temperature goes from 68 to 75 degrees, and the morning lows climbs from 43 to 50," he blogged.

He also pointed out that historically, "April is our driest month, averaging just under 3 inches of rain."

Meteorologist Mike Maze updates the rain totals and drought situation tonight on WRAL-TV at 5.