Rain, clouds keep temperatures below normal

Posted July 31, 2011 8:07 a.m. EDT
Updated July 31, 2011 8:04 p.m. EDT

— Temperatures took a break from triple-digits highs as a cold front rolled over the state Sunday, bringing heavy rains, mostly cloudy skies and some strong thunderstorms.

Most areas across central North Carolina saw 1 to 2 inches of rain, WRAL meteorologist Kim Deaner said. Northern Wake County saw about 3 inches; 4 inches fell in parts of Franklin County; and southern Alamance County got drenched with 6 inches of rain throughout the day Sunday.

The chance for storms diminished in the late evening hours, as the atmosphere began to stabilize. Isolated thunderstorms are expected to pop up overnight, Deaner said.

"It was a nice rainy day today. We needed that rain and we were lucky we did get a lot of rain," Deaner said.

Scattered showers and storms started popping up in the Triangle, Sandhills and eastern counties late Sunday morning, holding the mercury to the 70s and 80s.

The high hit 85 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport.

"We were actually below normal. I don't remember saying that this entire month," Deaner said.

Cloud cover and chances for rain will linger in the Monday morning hours. The best shot for rain during the morning commute will be along and east of Interstate 95.

As the rain ends, temperatures will go back up again, pushing the high into the mid 90s Monday.

By Wednesday, temperatures will again be nearing the century mark.