Wet on the way to Triangle, then temperatures take a slide through Monday

Thursday has an unequivocal forecast – 100 percent chance of rain beginning in the early morning hours and holding through the day.

Then, the National Weather Service says, the area’s recent flirting with fall will come to an end early next week. Below-freezing temperatures are expected Monday and Tuesday mornings.

A “hard freeze appears likely,” with “widespread mid-20s” those days, forecasters said Wednesday. Those readings will be accompanied by daily highs that will decline after 70s on Wednesday and Thursday.

The high next Monday likely will be in the mid-40s, but then the area bounces back to the mid-50s next Tuesday.

For now, the chance of rain falls off overnight Thursday, and Friday is expected to be sunny with a high in the low 60s. Sunshine is the forecast for Saturday and Sunday, too.