Fourth of July weather: 'What a treat'

Posted July 2, 2010 6:14 a.m. EDT
Updated July 2, 2010 1:07 p.m. EDT

— After sweltering through the hottest June on record, North Carolina residents can expect a beautiful Fourth of July weekend with cooler temperatures and plenty of sunshine.

"What a treat we have with us for this holiday weekend, and we deserve it," said WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner. "I hope everybody’s got plans for the weekend that includes something outside."

Friday kicks off the Fourth of July weekend with sunny skies. The day will be breezy, less humid and very comfortable with highs in the lower to mid 80s.

"Could you believe we could hit a record low tonight? It’s just bizarre," Gardner said. "It’s not something you think about in July, but we could hit 54 degrees overnight tonight, and the record low is 56 degrees."

High temperatures for Friday and Saturday will be a few degrees below normal, and "if all goes as expected, we could wake up to a record low temperature (Saturday) morning," she added.

"It is not that often that we get to call a July day a comfortable day, so really relish what we have today and also tomorrow," Gardner said. 

The beautiful weather should stick around with sunshine across the board until Wednesday.