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First Warning Forecast: Another warm day, but big changes are on the way

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Posted at 5:31 AM, Oct 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 12:33:02-04

Another warm day, but big changes are on the way….Say good-bye to the summer-like weather we’ve seen over the past few days. A cold front will bring big changes by Friday into the weekend.

 

High pressure will continue to control our weather today, giving way to mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies through the afternoon. High temperatures will be in the low and mid 80s. Tonight, we’ll see partly cloudy skies with areas of patchy fog late. Lows will be in the mid 60s.

 

A cold front will move in from the west on Friday, giving way to a few scattered showers, mainly by afternoon. Otherwise, we’ll see partly sunny skies. High temperatures will be in the mid 70s. As the front sweeps through, our winds will increase from the northwest between 10 to 20, with gusts up to 25 and 30 mph.

 

Most of the rain should move out late Friday night into early Saturday morning. Then, we’ll see partly cloudy to mostly sunny skies on Saturday. More sun is expected on Sunday. Highs will settle into the low and mid 60s this weekend!

 

We’re also keeping a close eye on a tropical wave near the Bahamas. The system still has a good chance of developing into a named storm over the next several days as it moves northward. The cold front that is expected to move in from the west by Friday should help push this system away from the U.S. and out to sea this weekend. If the system is named, it would be named “Otto.”

 

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny and Warm. High temperatures in the low and mid 80s. Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

 

Tonight: A Few Clouds and Mild. Low temperatures in the mid 60s. Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

 

Tomorrow: Patchy AM Fog. Partly Sunny. Chance of Showers (30%). Becoming windy. High temperatures in the mid 70s. Winds: NW 10-20 mph, with higher gusts.

Weather & Health

Pollen: Low (Ragweed, Grasses)

UV Index: Moderate

Air Quality: Good (Code Green)

Mosquitoes: High

Tropical Update

An elongated area of low pressure located a couple of hundred miles northeast of the Central Bahamas is moving northwestward at about 10 mph.  This system has become slightly better organized since yesterday, and it could still become a subtropical or tropical cyclone before it merges with a cold front over the western Atlantic Friday night.  A NOAA reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the area this afternoon.  Regardless of development, locally heavy rainfall is possible over portions of Hispaniola today.

Formation chance through 48 hours…medium…50 percent

Formation chance through 5 days…medium…50 percent

Hurricane Tracker

 

Today in Weather History (NWS Wakefield)

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Dominic Brown
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