Windy day sweeps warm air in

Posted October 25, 2010 2:20 p.m. EDT
Updated October 25, 2010 10:44 p.m. EDT

— An upper-level disturbance moved in from the south Monday afternoon, bringing high winds and some heavy rain across the Triangle, WRAL Chief Meteorologist Greg Fishel said. Any rain showers were heavy but brief, and the threat of severe weather had passed by 6 p.m.

Showers remained in the area through Monday evening.

Monday's high temperature was 78 – about 10 degrees above normal – and a temperature roller coaster is forecast for the remainder of the week.

"It will be unseasonably warm tonight and for the next few days," Fishel said. Tuesday and Wednesday will be humid with record-threatening high temperatures in the mid-80s.

"We have a strong southwesterly flow, that will do two things: bring in the warmth and bring in the moisture," WRAL meteorologist Mike Maze said. "Expect it to feel more like summer than fall."

Expect a swing of almost 20 degrees from Thursday to Friday when a refereshingly cool air mass moves into North Carolina. The cold front could bring the chance for the first frost. "Much cooler weather is on the way for the end of the work week and the weekend," Fishel said.