Today, New England is keeping the sunshine of the last few days but adding something new to the recipe: warmth!
A southwest wind has already been noticeably increasing and will gust at times to over 30 mph, working in combination with ample sunshine to send afternoon temperatures to 80 degrees.
An approaching cold front will slowly sag into northern New England tonight, delivering evening showers to Northern Vermont and overnight showers with patchy fog to the rest of the North Country.
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As the cold front, representing a new shot of cool air, trudges southward Thursday, it’s likely to bring little more than increased clouds and a sprinkle and the cool air lags far enough behind the front that most of us will still reach near 80 degrees.
By Friday, slow cooling will be underway – 70s for most – with another cold front approaching, in an attempt to deliver a reinforcing shot of fall air. The interesting twist is this front will probably slow very close to us, or even turn around … meaning warm air will not relent, and a warmer-than-normal pattern continues into early next week.
That said, upper level disturbances will still help to focus some showers from time to time this Columbus Day weekend, particularly on Sunday and Monday.
Early next week, our chance of rain remains elevated as we watch some tropical moisture from the Gulf of Mexico to see just how much of that rainfall reaches this far north.