Searching for fall temperatures as the thermostat stays cranked up
Feeling more like July in the second week of October
ROANOKE, Va. – It's feeling more like July 10 than Oct 10. Our crisp mornings of a couple of weekends ago have been replaced by a tropical feel. If you're a fan of summer, expect the muggies to stick around for at least the rest of the work week. If you're a fan of fall, take a ride with me as we go searching for the season.
Dewpoints in the 60s and 70s have been common over the past couple of days. The remnants of Nate not only brought much-needed rain to the area, but it also supplied us with an unseasonably warm and humid air mass.
How unseasonable? Roanoke tied its all-time highest low temperature for the month of October Monday afternoon at 71 degrees.
All of the cool air has been stuck out west unable to make it to the eastern third of the United States as our jet stream pattern continues to keep a huge ridge of high pressure over it.
While there will be a couple of cooler days to end the week, the humidity will still be elevated so it won't have the crisp feel. The cool down is just the wedge playing tricks on us if you're rooting for fall weather. Note the dewpoints stay in the 60s over the forecast period.
After the wedge breaks, the temperatures surge back to the upper 70s and lower 80s over the weekend, but finally by Tuesday, cooler, crisp air arrives behind a cold front ready to kick summer to the curb.
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