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Enjoy the beautiful fall afternoon...

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NOON UPDATE..

After a frosty start, with many towns starting out the day in the 30s (even a few 20s!), temperatures are rebounding nicely this afternoon. Bright sunny skies are filling every town in CT, and currently, we're approaching 60 degrees. We'll top out around 65 this afternoon-right on target with our "normal" daytime highs this time of year. Tonight will be another cool night, but not as cold as last night. We'll likely dip into the upper 30's and lower 40s as a few clouds sneak in from the west and trap some of our daytime heating.

PREVIOUS DISCUSSION...

While Sunday's rainfall was far from a drought buster, it did do a lot of good.  Lawns responded nicely and they looked much greener yesterday.  Plus, the autumn colors are getting better with each passing day!  According to the Foliage Network, we are now seeing moderate color across most of the state with low color in southern portions of Connecticut.  Peak color will occur over the next week or two, working from north to south across the state.

THIS MORNING…

The combination of clear skies, light winds, and dry air means we're dealing with frost this morning in parts of the state. Temperatures have dropped into the upper 20s in some towns in northern CT.  Most of the state is under a FROST ADVISORY until 9 am.  Southern portions of Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex, and New London Counties are not included in the advisory.  Just across the border, a FREEZE WARNING is effect for Berkshire and Hampden Counties in Massachusetts!

TODAY…

It's going to be another beautiful day with brilliant sunshine!  After the chilly start, temperatures will rise into the middle 60s this afternoon, which is very close to normal.  The normal, or average, high for October 11th is 65 degrees.  Winds will be fairly light throughout the day since high pressure will be centered directly over Southern New England.

A BRIEF WARM-UP…

Tomorrow will start out chilly with lows 35-45.  However, afternoon highs will likely range from 65-70 degrees and it is going to be another sunny day.  A very light southerly breeze will probably develop during the afternoon as high pressure drifts to the east of New England.

A cold front will approach New England from the west on Thursday.  It could send a few showers our way in the late afternoon and evening.  However, any rainfall will be spotty and light.  A southwesterly flow in advance of the front will likely push temperatures up to 70 degrees, if not a little higher!

The cold front will move away to the east of New England Thursday night.  High pressure will then build eastward from the Great Lakes Region on Friday, and with it comes another batch of cool air.  Highs on Friday should be in the lower 60s under bright, sunny skies.  A brisk northerly breeze is expected as well.

THE WEEKEND…

High pressure should remain the dominant weather feature throughout the weekend, which is great news!  We are forecasting sunny skies on Saturday with lows in the 30s and lower 40s, and highs in the lower 60s.  Sunday should be partly sunny.  The early morning hours will be chilly with temperatures in the 30s in many locations, but the afternoon should be fairly comfortable with highs in the middle 60s.

EARLY NEXT WEEK…

A very weak cold front could stir up a few scattered showers on Monday, but they won’t amount to much. Unfortunately, there is very little rain in the 7 day forecast.  Monday should feature a mix of clouds and sunshine with highs in the upper 60s.

Chief Meteorologist Bruce DePrest with Scot Haney

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