From the ABC 7 Weather team

Brisk & blustery this weekend, but sunny & warmer not far away

October 1, 2011 - 11:33 AM
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FInd a jacket and an umbrella as a raw, chilly day will mark the start of October.  Look for highs only in the 50s and winds gusting to 25 mph.

This Afternoon: Cloudy & Chilly, Showers, WIndy

Highs: 55-60 | Wind: NW10-15, Gusts to 25

Tonight: Cloudy & Cold, Chance of Showers

Lows: 42-48 | Rain: 40% Chance

Sunday: Mostly Cloudy, Chilly, Breezy, Showers

Highs: 56-60 | Wind: W 10-15, Gusts to 25

It is indeed a rude start to October as a cold rain and gusty winds are making for the chilliest day since last April.   Readings only in the 50s and wind chills in the 40s are a marked and dramatic change from the balmy days of late.  Not only have temperatures plummeted 20 degrees since yesterday, so too has the dew point changed direction: instead of muggy 60 degree levels, we have fallen into the 40s.  With low pressure over New England locked in place for the weekend, both today and tomorrow will feature showers and unseasonably chilly air; the highs in the 50s will be far below the seasonal average of 74.  Snow flakes have even been reported on the western slopes of the Alleghenies. Not until late Monday will high pressure fromCanada set up the kind of weather we dream of in October.  From Tuesday through the rest of the coming week, dry sunny days near 70 and cool comfortable nights near 50 will help to wipe away memories of the cold shoulder October is giving us this weekend!

NOTE: September came close, but just missed beating out August as this year's rainiest month.  With 8.84 inches tallied at Reagan National, it came very close to August's 8.92.  The rain of these past two month's was almost equal to that of the rest of the year: 17.76 versus 19.38 that fell from Janaury thorugh July.  Bundle up and try to enjoy this brisk change in the weather.

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