Invasion of warm air to be relished

Posted March 5, 2009 11:48 p.m. EST

— Surface and upper-level high pressure will keep warm, southerly breezes flowing into North Carolina this weekend, raising temperatures to unseasonable highs.

Although Friday will dawn cloudy, temperatures will quickly recover from an overnight low in the upper 30s. They will spring to around 70 degrees before the day ends.

"It's going to get even better over the weekend when we get into the upper 70s, maybe some 80 degrees popping up Saturday and Sunday," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said.

The highs will push 80 degrees Saturday and Sunday and even get into the upper 70s again Monday. Meanwhile, overnight lows don't drop below the 50s, and humidity will stay mostly low.

"It may feel a little more humid, but it's not going to get oppressively humid in the coming days," Maze said.

In the midst of winter, this weekend, he said, should be one to relish.

"It'll be a great weekend to get outdoors and enjoy the warmth," Maze said. "Relish the warmth while you have it."