Cool, sunny weekend on tap

Posted July 15, 2011 11:24 a.m. EDT
Updated July 15, 2011 5:12 p.m. EDT

— A lingering cold front will let North Carolinians enjoy outdoor recreation amid seasonable temperatures, low humidity, sunshine and even a bluer sky this weekend.

"I think that the weather from Pennsylvania and New York is actually on vacation here," WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner said. "You don't have to go anywhere to escape the heat. The cool weather will stick around here all weekend."

Friday and Saturday will both see highs in the mid 80s, with some more clouds filtering in on Saturday.

"It is gorgeous out here," Gardner said. "Temperatures are cool. Our humidity is low."

The cool weather won't stop at night.

"We have more sleep-with-the-windows-open weather for the next few nights," she said. "Our lows will be in the low to mid 60s."

Even the sky gets bluer during this kind of weather, Gardner said. Low humidity creates less haze in the air, which dampens the intensity of the color of the sky.

The cold front could spark a few showers in counties along the South Carolina border over the next few days.

The heat will start to creep back, pushing highs into the upper 80s Sunday and low 90s Monday. 

By Tuesday, the mercury will be back into the upper 90s, and it'll push the 100-degree mark by mid-week.