Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, October 21, 2020 at 5:24PM
Fog Possible Tonight
An increasingly moist southeasterly flow ahead of an approaching front brings more persistent cloud cover beginning tomorrow. The front doesn't moves through until Saturday accompanied by scattered light showers, but I can't rule out a pre-frontal shower Thursday night and during the day Friday.
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Hi: 71 Lo: 48
Partly to mostly cloudy; Fog possible again; Light SE wind;
Hi: 68 Lo: 50
Early patchy fog, then partly to mostly cloudy; Continued pleasant temperatures; Cannot rule out a stray, light shower with fog Thur night; Light SE wind
Hi: 66 Lo: 51
Early fog, then partly to mostly cloudy; A stray, light shower possible; Light South wind
Hi: 67 Lo: 51
Mostly cloudy; Scattered showers
Hi: 64 Lo: 52
Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a stray shower
Monday - Mostly to partly cloudy; Slightest chance of a light shower; High in the upper 60s; Low in the lower 50s
Tuesday - More clouds than sun; Perhaps a late-day shower; High in the mid 60s; Low in the upper 40s
High pressure is moving off the Atlantic coast and once the transition is complete Thursday the steady October warmth remains, however it will be tempered by increased cloudiness. A persistent south to southeasterly flow on the backside of the high is the culprit, introducing Atlantic moisture into the region. As the moisture bumps into the mountains a light shower is possible Thursday night and during the day Friday.
A rather benign front moves through from the west Saturday. Scattered showers are in play, especially during the afternoon, but rainfall amounts are generally light.
There isn't any appreciable cooler air behind the front and high pressure building in from the north helps to "trap" low level moisture. More clouds than sun remains the theme Sunday through Tuesday with the slightest chance of a shower each day. Another cold front makes a run late Tuesday or Wednesday though it too may lack any significant oomph.
In the tropical Atlantic, Epsilon became a major hurricane this afternoon, and will pass east of Bermuda on Friday before recurving out to sea. It’s the 26th named storm of the hyperactive 2020 season.
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