Durham could see near record-high temps Friday

Dec. 04, 2013 @ 02:08 PM

If balmy weather during the Christmas season is your cup of tea, wait until Friday.
Upper 70s are on the way.
But enjoy it while you can, because the world will change drastically the next day.
“We’re expecting near-record highs on Friday,” Shawna Cokley, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service at N.C. State University, said.
The mercury climb starts Thursday, with a high of 74 forecast for the Durham area.
Cokley said Durham could see a high between 77 and 79 on Friday, some 20 degrees above normal. Other parts of the state, including Fayetteville, could see 80.
The record high for Dec. 6 at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport is 80, set in 1998, Cokley said.
“A front is coming in ahead of a strong southerly flow, so that will bring the warmer temperatures in briefly,” she said. “But the same cold front will be moving across the area and drop temps on Saturday.”
Forecasters call for a 70 percent chance of rain from late Friday through Sunday in Durham, with highs in the mid- to upper 40s and lows in the 30s.
“It will be raining most of the weekend,” Cokley said. “The rain could be moderately heavy at times, but we aren’t expecting torrential downpours.”