Rain, clouds bring significant cooling

Posted May 28, 2008 10:44 a.m. EDT
Updated May 28, 2008 5:27 p.m. EDT

— The heat of Memorial Day weekend is just a memory as temperatures, which came close to 90 degrees Tuesday dropped Wednesday by 30 degrees or more.

At noon, highs across the Triangle were in the low 60s. By 2 p.m., many towns topped out in the mid-50s. "Part of the reason for that was the widespread rain that lingered for most of the day," WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said.

"Everybody is in the cool air now, no question about it," Fishel said at 5 p.m.

Drier air will push down from the north and east Thursday. For the Triangle and areas to the north, some sunshine is likely. Clouds could linger to the south and temperatures will stay cool.

By Friday, Fishel said, everybody dries out, the sun returns and temperatures respond.

The weekend brings a return to summer's heat. “Showers and storms are more likely Saturday,” Meteorologist Mike Maze said. “Along with the big heat could be big storms.”

The final days of May will push for the 90s as the uncharacteristically cool month comes to an end. If the thermostat fails to crack 90 degrees this weekend, it will only be the second time in 15 years that May has ended without reaching that mark.