Rain, clouds drop temperatures dramatically

Posted August 31, 2009 7:49 a.m. EDT
Updated August 31, 2009 8:19 p.m. EDT

— A blanket of clouds and rain smothered temperatures across North Carolina Monday.

The high temperature at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport was 72 degrees, which came just after 3 a.m., WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. The normal high for Aug. 31 is 85 degrees, he said.

Temperatures across central the state dropped steadily throughout the day as rain poured in from the south.

"Things are changing for us dramatically," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said.

Meteorologists explain predicting temperatures

Heavier rain and showers fell during the morning before tapering off in the afternoon.

"It will remain unsettled for much of this week, so temperatures should stay below normal, and we'll have showers on and off," Gardner said.

Tuesday will see a high in the mid 70s, with "mist and drizzle" falling, she said.

Temperatures will gradually creep up through the week, reaching highs in the lower 80s by the end of the week.

"We're going to have a lot of cloud cover, and we may be tired of that by Friday," Gardner said.

Labor Day weekend, then, will bring relief for the cloud- and rain-weary: highs in the mid 80s and sunnier skies.