One more toasty day on Thursday before fall arrives

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DISCUSSION:  One more day of extremely warm temperatures is expected on Thursday before we finally see some changes in our pattern. Expect a warm start to the day with temperatures in the mid 60s at the bus stop in the morning. With high pressure still over the region, we will keep sunny skies and dry conditions. Temperatures will heat up quick through the morning and afternoon and most spots will see highs near 90.

Another very hot day Thursday.

We are eagerly anticipating the arrival of a cold front late Thursday into early Friday. Rain isn’t looking very likely with this system, so we will probably just notice an increase in cloud cover late Thursday. Unfortunately, that doesn’t help our drought. However, much cooler air will arrive with this front, and that will certainly help our region start to feel much more like fall as we get into the first weekend of October.

Temperatures are looking much more normal by Friday.

Temperatures will be much, much lower Friday into next weekend. High temperatures throughout the period will stay in the low 70s. This will be some much needed relief from the heat that we can all appreciate.

Though shower chances are low this week, we will gladly take whatever rain we can get through the weekend and into this week. The latest drought monitor now includes our entire viewing area under the moderate drought.

Drought monitor.

Models are in agreement that we will see our best chance of widespread rain in over a month towards the tail end of the weekend. A stronger low pressure system with a decent amount of moisture looks to track just off to our north, and the accompanying cold front will arrive late Sunday. Showers will continue on well into Monday as well, so the rain gear will probably be needed on our way to work and school. Rainfall amounts will range from about half an inch to a full inch. This rain alone won’t bring enough rain to solve our dry spell, but it certainly will help.

Good chance for much needed rain arrives in a few days.

We dry things out Tuesday, and at the moment the rest of the week looks to be a bit drier. Temperatures do look to behave though, as highs are expected in the low 70s and upper 60s.

Expected Peak For Fall Colors

Fall colors are starting to appear across the region. We are still a ways out from peak color, but you may notice leaves changing already. Most of the area will see peak colors by mid or late October. The further north you head, the quicker leaves change. With the dry spell we’ve been dealing with leaves can potentially fall before they even reach their peak colors, so some spots could be lackluster this year.

10 Day Forecast.

TONIGHT:
Another quiet night. Lows in the 60s.
THURSDAY:
Mostly dry. Highs near 90.
FRIDAY:
Dry again. Much cooler with highs in the low 70s.
SATURDAY:
Partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s.
SUNDAY:
Rain possible. Highs in the 70s.
MONDAY:
Rain likely. Highs in the 70s.
TUESDAY:
Mostly dry. Highs in the 70s.
WEDNESDAY:
Looking drier. Highs in the 70s.
THURSDAY:
Looking dry. Highs in the 70s.

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