After a long warm spell that included three consecutive days of record-breaking high temperatures, it’s finally starting to feel like January on the Outer Banks, with below-average temperatures forecasted through midweek, per a recent update from the National Weather Service Newport / Morehead City office.
Monday began on Hatteras and Ocracoke islands with temperatures in the low to mid-30s, and this chilly and colder weather is expected to continue for several days.
Temperatures in the high 30s and low 40s are forecast for Tuesday, and temps will eventually rise to the high 50s by the end of the workweek. There is no threat of freezing temperatures at this time in the immediate forecast, per the NWS.
Due to strong northeast winds, a Gale Watch is in effect until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, and a Small Craft Advisory is in effect until 11 a.m. on Tuesday. The strong winds may cause hazardous seas that could capsize or damage vessels and reduce visibility.
For more information on the local forecast, visit www.weather.gov/mhx for weather information, or the National Weather Service office in Newport / Morehead City’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NWSMoreheadCity/.