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Weathercast: Weekend cooldown should follow 90-degree October days

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Unseasonably warm temperatures in the 90s are on tap for a couple of days this week. Thankfully, though, we should not see the record-breaking 99 degrees set in 1951 or the 98 preceding Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Also on tap is one day in the mid-70s.

High pressure just to our north will provide light north to northeast winds Tuesday. That should keep us in the mid-80s with little humidity in spite of abundant sunshine and almost no chance of rain. Temperatures overnight Tuesday are expected to settle in the mid-60s. Wednesday, with light breezes coming around to the south, highs increase to the low 90s followed by warmer overnight as well at 70.

As the high pressure ridge quickly builds to our south, Thursday's high is forecast to be in the 94-95 degree range with partly cloudy skies. The low overnight Thursday will again touch 70.

Friday is the question mark this week. Some models have temperatures approaching 90 with a slight chance of showers very late in the day as a cold front approaches. The majority, though, have high temperatures topping out around noon in the mid-80s and then falling into the mid-70s behind the front late in the day. Winds are likely to gust to 10 to 15 mph, going from the southwest to the north by noon. The outlook for a shower has been dimming, and is at only 20%.

The front, unlike many of the ones recently that stalled in our area, is being pushed by strong high pressure well to the north and northwest. By late Saturday it is likely to have reached well into Florida. That means skies here should clear overnight Friday with mostly sunny skies Saturday, though clouds could begin to increase late in the day. Friday's overnight low is expected to get into the mid-50s while Saturday only warms into the mid-70s. Saturday's overnight low should be close to 60. Sunday will be a little warmer than Saturday, with highs reaching 80.

Easterly winds late Sunday may well bring an increased chance of a shower. While probabilities are only 20% late in the day, chances are forecast to begin increasing Monday.

Sunrise Tuesday is at 7:06 and sunset at 6:56.

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