Temperatures took a noticeable dive across Eastern North Carolina on Monday as highs reached only into the lower to middle 40s. Northwesterly winds at 10 to 20 kept wind chills in the 30s all day. A gradual warming trend will begin on Tuesday as highs should reach the lower 50s. By Wednesday temperatures will approach 60 degrees and stay mild into the weekend. Dry conditions will last into Thursday but there is a risk of showers by late Thursday and Friday. By Saturday any rain should be gone and the last shopping weekend before Christmas should start mild and sunny.