Cool air, rain temporarily return to Triangle

— Record-breaking heat dominated the holiday weekend, but WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said that a cooler forecast for Monday doesn’t mean that winter will be returning just yet.

Sunday’s high temperature of 75 is the third high temperature set this month, said Wilmoth. The Triangle has seen five straight days of temperatures in the 70s.

“It’s just been unreal. Our normal highs are in the 50s,” said Wilmoth.

A cold front will move into the area Sunday night, meaning colder weather for the start of the work week. Temperatures will start off in the 60s on Monday morning but will drop steadily throughout the day. Afternoon highs are expected to be in the mid-50s.

Wilmoth said that the threat of spotty showers will remain for the duration of the day on Monday.

“Really rain could be possible at any point in time,” she said.

Despite a chilly forecast Monday, temperatures will climb back into the 70s on Tuesday and will remain unseasonably warm until the end of the week.

“We’re kind of really going up and down over the next 24 to 48 hours,” said Wilmoth.

New Year’s Eve will see a high of 65 degrees and although the forecast calls for rain, Wilmoth believes the skies will be dry by midnight.

Cold air will return to the Triangle by the weekend with lows temperatures near freezing on Saturday and Sunday.

,Record-breaking heat dominated the holiday weekend, but WRAL meteorologist Aimee Wilmoth said that a cooler forecast for Monday doesn’t mean that winter will be returning just yet.

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