Raleigh experienced record-tying cold temperatures yesterday ? the lowest daily high temperature since 1984, reports the News & Observer.

The National Weather Service expects a balmy 38 degrees today, a near-tropical 40 degrees Thursday and a thermometer-bursting 50 degrees Friday. The weekend should be right livable, barring Sunday rain. But then the cold will return.

“It’s normal,” meteorologist Brandon Locklear said. “We get these blocking patterns where it’s very cold for two weeks, you get a brief change, and it’s back again.”

Normal? How could such global warming ? err, climate change ? be normal?