Week starts cooler with clouds

Posted July 14, 2008 6:33 a.m. EDT
Updated July 14, 2008 1:49 p.m. EDT

— The summer heat stayed away Monday, with Triangle temperatures only reaching 73 by noon.

Clouds are expected to increase through the afternoon, with scattered showers and thunderstorms possible for the evening commute as a cold front pushes through the state from the west, WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The front could linger over the central part of the state for the next 12-18 hours, holding temperatures down and allowing showers and storms to develop.

Clouds will dominate the skies again Tuesday, but the chance of rain is limited mostly to the eastern half of the state. Highs should reach again into the 80s.

By Wednesday, summer returns with bright sun and highs in the 90s.

Bertha creating waves

Waves and currents generated by Tropical Storm Berth caused dangerous rip currents along the North Carolina coast Sunday and Monday, even though the storm was more than 1,000 miles offshore.

The Wilmington Star-News reported Sunday that lifeguards at beaches along the southern coast performed dozens of rescues. Rip currents can pull a swimmer rapidly away from the beach.

Simon Sanders of the Carolina Beach ocean rescue office said lifeguards made about 40 rescues Saturday, although none involved serious injury. Dave Baker of the Wrightsville Beach ocean rescue said lifeguards rescued at least 27 people during the day.