Forecast: Warm, Summer-Like Columbus Day

There is colder air on the way later this week, but not before a pair of mild day including a stunning afternoon Monday.

Southerly winds have continued to pump unseasonably warm air into the area the past 24 hours. The core of this mild air is here Monday afternoon, but even Tuesday will still be above seasonal averages. The 30 year average for this time of year shows high temperatures in the lower 60s, this afternoon mid 70s will be commonplace.

There will be few if any clouds Monday. For those of you in work, take lunch outside or try to at least have a walk during the middle of the day. The sun will still feel warm, almost summer-like in the middle of the day.

A cold front Tuesday will put an end to the very mild air, but it won’t turn very chilly behind the front. I expect temperatures to be seasonable during the middle of the week.

Another front crosses New England late in the week and this should usher in the coldest air of the fall so far. There haven’t been any mornings with widespread frost yet, but this should change for the upcoming weekend. Most areas will be in the 30s at sunrise for several days at the end of the week and into early next week. I don’t expect Boston itself sees a frost in this period, but many interior areas away from the coast will. Use the next few days to get any houseplants inside and decide what you might want to save.

Rain will be infrequent over the next week, this means moderate drought conditions will continue for the foreseeable future.

Monday (Columbus Day): Sunny and warm. Highs in the low- to mid-70s.

Monday Night: Clouds increase, temperatures in the mid-50s.

Tuesday: Lots of clouds, mild with a few afternoon showers. Highs in the low 70s.

Wednesday: Mostly sunny, with a high in the mid-60s.

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 60.

Friday: Partly sunny with a pop up afternoon shower. Highs in the mid to upper 50s.

You can follow David’s weather updates on Twitter at @growingwisdom.

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