55 NC counties are under alert, including Wake, Cumberland, Durham, Johnston, and Orange counties. Details
Published: 2009-05-18 05:32:00
Updated: 2009-05-18 20:18:52
Posted May 18, 2009 5:32 a.m. EDT
Updated May 18, 2009 8:18 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Showers faded away, but lower than normal temperatures lingered as the remnants of a cold front moved out of North Carolina Monday morning.
"It's going to be a chilly day today. Don't think you're going to be comfortable traipsing around in shorts and T-shirts," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.
As the day dawned, temperatures were in the upper 40s and low 50s across the state.
Skies cleared as the rain shield moved over coastal counties, but temperatures will still stay on the low side of normal. The high will be around 65 degrees.
"We'll see a good bit of sunshine, but that's not really going to help things much. ... It'll be breezy, so it'll feel even cooler than the mid 60s," Gardner said.
And if you think Monday was chilly, "just wait till tomorrow morning," Gardner said. Overnight temperatures will get down into at least the low 40s.
"We could be in jeopardy of breaking some record lows tonight and tomorrow morning," she said.
After Tuesday morning, though, strong sunshine will let temperatures start creeping back up to normal. Tuesday will see a high around 72 degrees, and highs for the rest of the week hang around 80 degrees.
The remainder of the week will see mostly clear skies with little chance of rain.
"It looks like we'll continue to see very pleasant conditions thanks to a high-pressure system," Gardner said.