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Record warmth in the Triangle precedes return of winter

Valeria Manjarres, 10, left, and her sister Natalie Manjarres, 8, wade in the water at Lake Wheeler Park as they enjoy the unseasonably warm weather on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 in Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a high of 78 degrees, breaking a record that had stood since 1967.
Valeria Manjarres, 10, left, and her sister Natalie Manjarres, 8, wade in the water at Lake Wheeler Park as they enjoy the unseasonably warm weather on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 in Raleigh. Raleigh-Durham International Airport recorded a high of 78 degrees, breaking a record that had stood since 1967. jhknight@newsobserver.com

It has been a weekend of record warmth in the Triangle, but an approaching cold front is going to make it feel like December again soon.

The temperature at Raleigh-Durham International Airport reached record highs on both Saturday and Sunday, breaking records that have stood since a winter heat wave in 1967.

The high Saturday was 74, besting the old record by 3 degrees. Sunday was even warmer, hitting 78 at RDU.

Forecasters expect rain to arrive ahead of the front this evening, and continue Monday as temperatures drop from the low 70s to around 40 overnight. Tuesday should be sunny but brisk, with a gusty north wind, leading to temperatures below freezing on Christmas morning.

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