Colder air on the way
That was almost true in Durham early Monday, as temperatures dipped into the upper 30s. As the week progresses, it could be more than a figure of speech.
“Frost wasn’t widespread early Monday morning, but as we go further into the week, overnight lows will be in the mid-30s on Wednesday and Thursday,” according to Barrett Smith, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at N.C. State University in Raleigh.
Smith said Friday night will be colder still, with a freeze possible by Saturday morning.
“Cover your plants or bring them inside,” Smith suggested.
Pets that normally stay outside should be brought inside too, if possible, especially if they’re sensitive to the cold.
This week’s high temperatures will be mild at first, then drop into the 50s.
Today’s high is forecast to be 70 with some cloud cover, and Wednesday should reach the 60s.
“But the real cool-down starts Thursday,” Smith said, with highs in the 50s through Saturday.
A series of cold fronts is dropping temperatures five to 10 degrees below normal. There’s a 20 percent chance of a shower today and perhaps a sprinkle Thursday. Otherwise, Smith said, the week should be dry.
For the year, rainfall at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport is about 5½ inches above normal, although a recent dry spell will likely narrow that margin, Smith said.
As Durham moves beyond the hot, humid, hazy days of summer, air quality has stayed in the healthy zone.
“Cold fronts tend to clean the air out,” Smith said. “So things have been good.”