Tuesday and Wednesday night forecasts are calling for temperatures 10 degrees lower than average, according to the National Weather Service.
While regional temperatures stayed close to historical averages Monday, a cold front moving south from Canada may be the cause of lower than average evening temperatures later in the week.
According to Shane Kearnes, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Morehead City, temperatures are moderated by the ocean in Eastern North Carolina, which prevents temperatures from dropping too much at night.
The forecast, however, is almost 20 degrees below average for Jacksonville Wednesday, with a high of 43 degrees, Kearnes said.
Tuesday’s weather should be fairly warm, until Eastern North Carolina experiences cold air moving from Canada, he added.
“It’s going to be sort of a dry cold front (allowing) winds to pick up from the Northwest,” Kearnes said. The northern air effects, along with increased winds, will account for lower temperatures in the area.
New Bern and Kinston have similar calls for unseasonably cold weather due to the cold front, Kearnes said. The good news is temperatures should rise by Thursday, with a high of 51 degrees in Kinston, according to the National Weather Service forecast.
The average high in Kinston for Dec. 11 is 56 degrees, and the average high is New Bern is 59 degrees. Temperatures in Kinston are supposed to drop to the mid-20s Tuesday and Wednesday night, almost 10 degrees below the average low of 34 degrees.
New Bern is calling for a low of 28 degrees Tuesday night, 9 degrees below the average temperatures for Dec. 11, according to the National Weather Service.
In Jacksonville, Thursday is expected to have a high of 53 degrees, closer to normal winter temperatures for the area.
Even before the cold front, however, people in Eastern North Carolina were feeling colder than usual Monday.
Kearnes said unusually high temperatures at the beginning of November may be responsible.
“We were above average in early November and then went to below average, so it might be more noticeable,” Kearnes said.
Anthony Campbell and Bonnie Campbell, both Cedar Point residents, said they stayed inside over the weekend because of lower temperatures outside.
“It usually doesn’t get cold until January or (late) December around here,” Anthony Campbell said.
“We’ve been using a lot more gas than we would (normally),” Bonnie Campbell said. Bonnie Campbell said she prefers the warmer weather, especially living on the waterfront.
“I prefer it 75 year-round,” Bonnie Campbell said.
Ryan Hansen, a North Topsail resident, also prefers the summer heat.
“I like the warm weather; it’s my favorite time of year,” Hansen said.
Hansen instructs golf techniques at the North Shore Country Club in Sneads Ferry and said the colder weather has been keeping golfers off the course recently.
“There’s not much to do when it’s cold (except) put something in the crock pot and stay home,” Hansen said.
Bobbi-Jen Smith, a server at Biagio’s in Jacksonville, said she is ready for summer already.
“It’s terrible,” Smith said. “And it’s a lot wetter (outside).”
Paige Lytly, a New Bern resident, said she is prepared for the winter weather to come.
“We’re turning up our heat and I’m bundling up more,” Lytly said. “I’m originally from Germany, so I’m used to the cold, but I’m not used to what comes with it.”
Reporter Kelsey Stiglitz can be reached at kstiglitz@JDNews.com or 910-219-8453.