Forecasters are calling for heavy rain and cooler temperatures in the Triangle over the next few days. It's too soon to tell if the rain will break the drought.
Sunday's rain comes after several cities across the Carolinas posted record high weekend temperatures.
The National Weather Service reported that Raleigh, N.C., had a high of 98 degrees Saturday -- six degree more than the previous high set in 1986. That was the year much of the South suffered through a devastating drought.
The high temperatures and dry conditions have also sparked several brush fires in the last week.
The Weather Service says Columbia and Florence in South Carolina and Lumberton and Fayetteville in North Carolina had more than 100 days with temperatures of 90 degrees or more this year.