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Today's Weather: It's Late September, But It Still Feels Like Summer

Looking at the weather over the next week, you would think that it is still late June.

There are two days where the temperature is going to exceed 80 degrees — the first will come on Thursday, the next on Saturday. The early part of the weekend will even have some humidity in the air, further tricking you into thinking it's the middle of summer.

In spite of the warm temperatures, the sun angle is rapidly decreasing. Each day, the maximum level the sun reaches is slightly lower than the day before, and this will continue to be the case right until the third week in December. We are now midway between the most intense sun and the weakest sun of the year.

By early October readings are generally in the 60s. (Dave Epstein/NOAA Data)
By early October, readings are generally in the 60s. (Dave Epstein/NOAA Data)

The average temperatures will get into the upper 60s before the end of this month and fall to the upper 50s by the end of October. I was looking at some data for just how warm it could get next month. We have not reached 90 degrees in October since the 1960s, but next week's pattern is the type of pattern where if it's going to happen, it could. But I'm not willing to go out on a limb just yet and say we're going to get that hot.

This pattern has also been quite dry, and I don't see any significant rain in the forecast. It's likely that once the warm weather breaks, we will also start getting more frequent precipitation. Exactly when that happens is still to be determined.

You can follow my updates here and on Twitter @growingwisdom.


Wednesday night: Mainly clear. Lows 52-58.

Thursday: Sunshine, pleasant. Highs 80-85.

Friday: Lots of sun. Highs near 75.

Saturday: Sunshine and warm. Highs approaching 80-85.

Sunday: More sunshine and dry. Highs within a few degrees of 77.

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David Epstein was WBUR's meteorologist.

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