Temperatures are expected to approach decades-old record highs in some parts of North Carolina on Friday, but a cold curveball is in store the very next day.
The highest temperature ever recorded at Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Feb. 16 is 77 degrees, in 1976. In Fayetteville the record of 82 degrees came in 1989.
On Friday, some locations, particularly to the southeast, could see temperatures in the upper 70s, according to the National Weather Service.
The latest forecast from ABC11 calls for Friday highs in the Triangle in mid-70s, though the station had previously called for a high of 80 degrees at RDU on Friday.
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Scattered showers are expected as a cold front moves across the area Friday afternoon into evening.
Lows Saturday morning are expected to range from the upper 30s in the northern counties to the 40s in locations to the south.
Saturday’s highs should range from the 40s in parts of the Piedmont to around 50 further south, the weather service said.
The coldest point of the weekend comes Saturday into Sunday morning, when the NWS is calling for temperatures in the 30s across most of the area. Warmer weather, nearing 60 degrees, is expected to return by Sunday afternoon.
“Sunday, we dry out, some sunshine – first nice Sunday in about a month,” ABC11 meteorologist Don Schwenneker said.