Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:57AM
October weather doesn’t get much better. A moderating air mass will provide a nice warming trend that will take us into the weekend. Get outside and capitalize if you can, as skies will remain mostly clear until late weekend. Rain is back in the forecast by early next week. Additionally, it’s going to get a lot cooler after the rain.
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Hi: 71 Lo: 39
Abundant sunshine; Pleasant; Light north wind
Hi: 74 Lo: 41
Ho hum awesome; Light wind
Hi: 72 Lo: 48
Sunshine; Pleasant; Light SE wind
Hi: 69 Lo: 56
Partly sunny & pleasant; Mostly cloudy Sunday night with a chance for showers late
Hi: 65 Lo: 56
Cloudy with rain increasing; The rain may be heavy at times PM/nighttime
Tuesday - Rain, mainly early; Some PM clearing; High in the mid 60s; Low in the lower 40s
Wednesday - Partly cloudy; Breezy & much cooler; High in the mid 50s; Low in the upper 30s
A dry air mass will facilitate a large diurnal swing in temperature, that is, the difference between morning lows and afternoon highs is going to be quite large, or over 30 degrees in spots. So, after our chilly morning lows, expect balmy afternoons. Skies will remain mostly clear with high pressure sitting atop the region.
Weekend weather looks nice, but high pressure will begin to lose its influence. A slow-moving frontal system will approach the Carolinas early next week, pushing through later on Tuesday. Present indications suggest the Gulf of Mexico will be ‘open for business’, so a significant rainfall event will be possible Monday into Tuesday.
Much cooler air is lurking behind the front, and this notable change will arrive for the middle of next week. This will send temperatures back below normal for a couple of days as things begin to dry out.
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