Weather: Record Late September Heat (9/25 AM)

Amanda's Forecast Discussion

Good morning!

High temperature records were demolished across the region Sunday as the 'mercury' reached the upper 80s to near 90 degrees. The heat continues through midweek, before a strong cold front ushers in a more seasonable air mass.

Monday, it's another scorcher with a top temp in the upper 80s to near 90° and a heat index value between 90-95° thanks to high humidity. After dense morning fog burns off, we're left with tons of sunshine and blue sky on this very July-like day, with only a very slim shot at a brief shower or weak thunderstorm over the mountains. Nearly calm.

Tonight, mostly clear through about midnight with dense fog developing after that, lasting until well after sunrise Tuesday. Mostly sunny tomorrow with a similar temp profile, mid to low 60s early and near 90° late. Just a reminder, a heat wave is three consecutive days at 90° or above. Day 1 Sunday? Check. It hit 91° in Burlington. We're now on heat wave watch Monday and Tuesday. And in case you're wondering, yes this is the latest (in the calendar year) round of 90° temps on record.

Wednesday, mostly sunny with increasing clouds late. Mid 80s and a light south wind. Wednesday night into Thursday, a cold front FINALLY sets its sights on the North Country. It swings through late Wednesday night into Thursday morning without much fanfare, just a few showers. But a much cooler and more seasonable air mass then takes over with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s to close out the month.

Weakening Hurricane Maria will be a close shave with the Outer Banks as it moves north and becomes a tropical storm early this week. Midweek, Maria is steered out to sea, turning to the northeast. Lee, also a hurricane, is no threat to the US.

 

Have a great week! Stay cool!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist


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