Heavy rains to continue overnight

Posted April 9, 2011 11:25 a.m. EDT
Updated April 9, 2011 10:51 p.m. EDT

— Heavy rains fell throughout central North Carolina Saturday evening, as a line of thunderstorms swept across the area, making way for a warm and sunny Sunday.

Although no severe thunderstorm watches or warnings were in effect, Deaner said there were over 600 lightning strikes between 8 and 8:50 p.m.

"We are not seeing nearly so much right now, so that's showing me that the storms are definitely not intensifying," she said.

Heavy rains were expected to continue overnight, clearing up by daybreak.

Saturday morning and afternoon were cloudy and cool, with a high in the mid to upper 60s as a cold front lingered.

On Sunday, "a warming trend begins," WRAL meteorologist Mike Moss said.

The day will see a high around 80 degrees, and the mercury will leap even higher Monday – reaching the 90-degree mark. That would break a daily record set in 1978.

"We'll be warm, hot almost, and humid," Moss said.

Showers and storms could strike again Monday night when a cold front moves through.

That front will lower temperatures to a more spring-like high and low on Tuesday.

"Then the rest of the week, it looks very comfortable, low to mid 70s for highs, with varying amounts of clouds," Moss said.