Cool temps rule the day; fall's just a week away

Posted September 16, 2008 6:10 a.m. EDT
Updated September 16, 2008 8:21 p.m. EDT

— Monday marks the first day of fall, but this week’s weather is planning a test run with cool, cloudy, rainy conditions.

Tuesday’s highs will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s.

A band of rain moved east through North Carolina Tuesday. Rainfall totals for the WRAL viewing area could range anywhere from 0.50 inches to as much as 0.75 inches by the end of the day.

“Today is the day that we'll see the bulk of the rain from this system,” WRAL Meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "We'll clear out Thursday and Friday, and we've got some beautiful weather in store."

Wednesday will bring mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance of some light rain. Highs will be in the lower to mid-70s.

Some drizzle and cooler temperatures are all the Triangle should have to worry about for a while as hurricane season begins to wind down.

“The tropics have quieted down,” Gardner said. “We are now officially out of the peak (hurricane) season.”