Burlington did it, we added another day to the count of days at or above 80°. Tuesday’s high was 84°, a solid 15° above normal! It was day 83 in the 80s, we’ve already beaten the record of 81 days, this is just solidifying it. Thanks to our friends at the National Weather Service for this tidbit, the typical last 80° day Burlington is September 17. We’re in that zone and we’ll be really close to another one on Wednesday. After that, a season shifter of a cold front sets the stage for a cool stretch to start fall.
For those scoring at home, Fall officially starts at 10:21am Thursday. Wednesday and Thursday both look great under tons of sun, highs will be in the middle & upper 70s. Wednesday will be a little warmer with a few 80s sprinkled about. It’ll be a lovely wrap up of summer and gorgeous start to fall. Overnight lows will be more comfortable too, they’ll drop into the low to mid 50s Wednesday night and Thursday night. During the day Thursday, clouds will increase ahead of the season shifter we talked about earlier but the day will be dry. Rain arrives late Thursday and will linger off and on for much of Friday. Clouds will stay thick on Friday and temperatures will cool steadily as the day goes on; highs will be in the middle 60s; the day will have a raw feel. Based on current timing, we’ll clear out by early Saturday morning and have a huge taste of fall around all weekend. Highs Saturday will struggle to get into the low 60s; many in the north country outside the Champlain Valley will stay stuck in the 50s. Burlington, you’ll get to 62° but really, we’re splitting hairs. Saturday night, lows for most of us will fall into the upper 30s and low 40s. However, the Adirondacks and the Northeast Kingdom have another shot at frost Sunday morning and Monday morning. Meanwhile, highs on Sunday, despite plenty of sunshine, will stay anchored in the 50s. If Burlington doesn’t get to 60°, it’ll be the first time since June 9 and only the second time since May 16th! We’ll start next week with lots of sun and highs in the low to mid 60s on Monday. Tuesday, another cold brings another round of rain.
Keep it up!
-Meteorologist Sean Parker