Spring starts with see-sawing temperatures

Posted March 20, 2011 12:44 p.m. EDT

— The first day of spring in North Carolina will see normal temperatures, but for the next week, temperatures will be see-sawing above and below the seasonal averages.

Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox at 7:21 p.m. Sunday.

The day's high is likely to be in the low 60s – about normal for this time of year, WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said. He said "there's a very slight chance of a sprinkle late in the day or tonight, but most of us are going to miss out on those."

Overnight, a warm front will roll through North Carolina.

"Monday, we see a warming trend kick off," Moss said.

Monday will see a high around 75 degrees, and Tuesday will be even warmer – up into the low 80s. Temperatures stay above normal through Thursday.

Then on Friday, they will crash when a cold front comes arrives. Friday and next Saturday will likely see highs in the upper 50s.

Records for the first day of spring:

Warmest high temperature: 88 degrees on 1948

Coolest high temperature: 33 degrees in 1914

Coldest low temperature: 23 degrees in 1982 and 1914

Wettest: 1.97 inches of rain in 1895

Most snow: 1.8 inches in 1908