61° / 38°Sunny; Seasonably Cool 0%
70° / 43°Plenty of Sunshine; Nice 0%
72° / 47°Sunny and Warmer 0%
73° / 44°Mostly Sunny and Warm 0%
73° / 48°Mostly Sunny and Warm 0%
76° / 52°Partly Sunny and Warm 0%
76° / 56°Increasing Clouds; Warm 20%
69° / 47°Mainly Cloudy; Showers 30%
62° / 40°Clouds, Some Sun; a Shower 30%
59° / 42°Mostly Cloudy, a Shower 30%
TODAY: Seasonably cool with plenty of sunshine. High: 61
TONIGHT: A star-studded sky and seasonably cold. Low: 38
WEDNESDAY: Nice with plenty of sunshine. High: 70 Low: 43
For the first time in a week, you woke up to entirely clear skies across Pennsylvania and New Jersey. And those clear skies helped lead to another first for many, as plenty of us also woke up to the first frost of the season and the coldest morning of the fall so far. We have finally scoured out those stubborn clouds that took up residence in our skies over the past week, so we won’t have to wait any longer for the sunshine to return. Sunny skies will be ours to keep from start to finish today, and abundant sunshine will be the rule for the rest of the week and likely through the upcoming weekend as well. While it finally feels like fall with seasonably cool temperatures at the moment, that fallish feel won’t last long as another warming trend develops later this week.
Temperatures dropped around or even a degree or two below freezing across much of the Poconos and northwestern New Jersey early this morning, with widespread 30s for most everyone else outside the immediate Delaware Valley and I-95 corridor. After the cold and frosty start, tons of sun should allow for a nice temperature recovery this afternoon with seasonably cool highs around 60 degrees. Overall, today should be that picture postcard perfect fall day, with the frosty start followed by brilliantly blue skies and a crisp and comfortable afternoon, not to mention less wind than Monday. For those that love seasonable fall days like this, they have unfortunately been rare so far this season.
Another clear and chilly night is on the way tonight, with some patchy frost again possible in the normally colder areas. It’s probably our last opportunity for frost for a while with our impending warm-up on the way. Expect seasonably cold lows in the mid to upper 30s with a light west to southwest breeze overnight, probably a few degrees less cold compared to last night.
That shift in the wind from the west and southwest will be the sign that our next warm up is underway. A large area of high pressure will become anchored along the East Coast through the weekend, and the clockwise flow of air around that high should keep our winds from the southwest through Sunday. Southwest winds will deliver the warmer temperatures, while our high pressure ensures that skies stay mostly sunny indefinitely, well at least through the weekend. We’ll likely tack on a few degrees to our high temperatures each day, as we’ll near 70 on Wednesday, and inch up higher into the 70s through the rest of the week. The weekend should feature partly to mostly sunny skies, with unseasonably warm highs in the mid 70s. Considering our average high for mid-October is only in the low 60s, you can certainly say that we’ll return to well above temperatures by the weekend.
But can you call it Indian summer? Well, that depends. Officially, Indian summer is defined as a period of unusually warm weather following the first killing frost of the fall. While we are seeing some frost early this morning and may again tomorrow morning, it may not be widespread enough to end the growing season for most of us. So technically, it would not be Indian summer. But no matter what you call it, the weekend looks to be a sunsational one weather-wise.
The next chance of rain is still a week away, likely not arriving until sometime next Monday night or Tuesday. After a six day stretch dominated by cloudy skies, the impending abundant sunshine will no doubt be welcome and enjoyed by many of us.
|Record||88°F October 17, 1938||25°F October 17, 1937|
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