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Longer days, spring temperatures settle in for the work week

March 11, 2019

It will finally feel like spring this week as temperatures climb into the 60s and 70s and as Daylight Saving Time brings us longer, lighter evenings.

The clocks “jumped forward” early Sunday morning, which means we lost an hour of sleep but will gain “longer days” as the sun sets later -- around 7:15 p.m.

Although Sunday will be rainy, temperatures will be pleasant, in the 60s by lunchtime and in the low 70s by late afternoon. The rain will be spotty during the first half of the day but should clear by late afternoon.

That system could bring some thunder, but severe weather isn’t expected. According to WRAL meteorologist Peta Sheerwood, Sunday will be breezy at times, with winds gusting up to 25 mph.

The work week won’t be quite as warm as Sunday, but it will be sunny and spring-like, with high temperatures in the upper 60s Monday and the lower 60s for Tuesday and Wednesday. A chance for rain won’t come again until Friday, which will be one of the warmest days of the week, with a high around 72 degrees.

Are warmer temperatures finally here to stay? It’s possible, according to WRAL meteorologists, but it’s too soon to know for sure.