Story and photo by Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – It was 73° today in Cary. The date is January 13. Pretty weird, but not a record.
73° in Cary
Shorts and t-shirt weather – that’s what we had in Cary today.
The record for January 13 was set in 2005 with a high temperature of 78°F. The record low was 21° set in 1985.
Why the Weird Weather?
Southern winters can be very variable – temps in the 60’s or the 30’s during the day are entirely normal. The high for January is 80° set on 1/30/2008. The second highest temp was 79° was reached twice, on 1/14/1932 and 1/15/1907.
The lowest temp recorded in January in the Triangle was -9° set on 1/21/1985. (See more temperature data for this area on the National Weather Service.)
We live in the zone where Arctic air is pushing down against tropical air. Right now, the tropical air is winning.
But it’s all going to change in a couple of days.
Cold Front Coming Across
Don’t put away sweaters quite yet. Two shots of Arctic air will be pushing their way toward us this week.
Monday will have highs around 70 with clouds and possible showers. But the high on Tuesday is only expected to be 46°.
The rest of the week may see temps rising into the 50’s during the day.