Cold front is washing away the heat

Posted June 30, 2010 8:02 a.m. EDT
Updated June 30, 2010 8:04 a.m. EDT

— A warm, muggy start to Wednesday marks the end of a streak of unseasonably hot weather, WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner predicted.

Wednesday dawned with temperatures in the low 70s and scattered showers pushing ahead of a cold front that will drift across North Carolina.

That cold front will keep Wednesday's high much lower than those of previous days, Gardner said.

"It was 96 degrees yesterday, and we're talking about 82 today," she said.

Cloudy skies will dominate, and there's a chance of scattered showers across the WRAL viewing area throughout the day. Starting in the early afternoon, areas south and east from the Triangle could see scattered storms as well.

"I think we'll be happy with some rain and clouds," Gardner said. "Keep your umbrella handy for those stray showers and storms."

And on Thursday, the real benefits of the cold front will show: lower humidity, increasing sunshine and a high in the low to mid 80s.

"We deserve it," Gardner said. "The heat got here early this year."