Greensboro, NC -- After the first week of 2013 temperatures have been just about what you would expect, but that is all about to change.
The average high temperature so far this year is 47.8 degrees with the highest temperature of 52 degrees occurring on Sunday. This is right in line with the normal high temperature for this time of year of 48 degrees.
As the week progresses a ridge of high pressure will anchor itself off the Carolina Coast and set up a flow that will steadily pump warmth into the eastern third of the country.
It will take a couple of days for the warmth to overcome the more seasonable temperatures that have been in place. Under a clear sky and with relatively calm conditions, temperatures Monday night will return to the upper 20s and low 30s across the Triad.
A few clouds will stream in from the southwest through the day on Tuesday, but the building southwesterly flow will commence the warming trend that will put high temperatures Tuesday in the low-middle 50s.
While the ridge of high pressure will be the main weather feature for the Triad over the next 5-7 days a system in the central part of the United States will play a small part by the end of the week. This storm system will eject some energy into the western periphery of the ridge of high pressure which will bring a chance of showers to the Triad on Thursday and Friday.
Meanwhile, the continued southwesterly flow through the week will drive temperatures into the mid-upper 50s. Once the rain clears the Triad on Friday, the southwesterly flow will remain, which will allow temperatures to step up even more for the weekend.
Saturday will start off with temperatures in the upper 40s with fog, but give way to partly cloudy conditions with highs in the low 60s. Sunday looks to be very similar to Saturday except high temperatures could climb into the upper 60s.
This weekend will be the warmest the Triad has experienced since Dec. 4 when high temperatures were in the low 70s. The record high temperature for Saturday and Sunday is 76 degrees.
Continue to check back with WFMY News 2 and digtriad.com for the latest and most accurate forecast in the Triad.