Cooler weather ahead for the York area
It might be time to pack the shorts away, because this week's unseasonably warm weather looks to be making a quick turnaround.
"We're going from August to November in about four days," Paul Head, meteorologist for the National Weather Service in State College, said Wednesday afternoon.
Heat: The York County area has seen record-breaking, summer-like weather in the last few days.
According to Evan Duffey, meteorologist for AccuWeather in State College, the record high for Oct. 18 was tied when temperatures reached a high of 84 degrees Tuesday. That record was set in 1963, he said.
"The last time we had consecutive 80-degree days (in October) was in 2013," Duffey said. Those days were reported at the start of October 2013.
Come Thursday, things will start to cool down.
Head said the change in the weather will be a two-part transition, starting Thursday, when an east wind comes to cool things down.
"That will create a mist or a drizzle at times," he said, adding that there is also potential for a band of showers to come through.
Cool down: On Friday, a cold front from the west will hit the area.
“It’ll turn noticeably colder sometime late Friday afternoon and Friday night,” Head said.
Duffey said the York area will be seeing some rain on Friday as well.
"It looks like it's probably going to be a damp day for us," he said.
Head said the cold front will bring winds and cause much of the area to be colder Saturday.
According to the National Weather Service website, the high for the York area Friday is 67 degrees. On Saturday, the high will be 57 degrees.
"The real-feel temperatures will go from the 80s to the 30s, in three to four days," Head said.
Like Head, Duffey said the wind will make Saturday feel worse.
"It'll feel significantly colder," he said.
Duffey said AccuWeather is projecting a high of 55 degrees and an overnight low of 40 for Saturday.
“That’ll probably be the coldest day of the forecast,” Duffey said.
Going forward, Head said, it's unlikely the area will experience high heat anytime soon.
"It won't warm into the 80s again, probably not until next April," he said.
Head said the area could, however, experience temperatures into the 60s for the remainder of the month, which would be about normal for the month.
“It doesn't look too promising for anything other than that,” he said.
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