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Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

The first full day of autumn was yesterday, but from the many sightings of shorts and T-shirts on campus, you wouldn’t have known. Don’t put away those summer clothes yet as more heat is in store the next couple of days. Strong southwest flow will make it breezy and transport an air mass more characteristic of the middle of summer over the area. In fact, high temperatures may approach record levels today. You should also notice the humidity gradually creeping up, but given the recent dry spell it should not become too soupy.

Thereafter, a cold front will swing through on Friday ushering in some rain and a much more seasonably cool air mass. The colder nights will help brighten up the foliage in northern New England as we head toward peak color in early October. Peak color will come and go quickly, so if you’re planning a trip to see the fall colors, I recommend taking your trip by the middle of October.

Extended Forecast

Tonight: Clear and mild. Low 67°F (19°C).

Tomorrow: Sunny, breezy, and hot. High 90°F (32°C).

Tomorrow night: Increasing clouds and mild. Low 68°F (20°C).

Thursday: Mostly cloudy and humid with a chance of showers and thunderstorms late in the day. High 79°F (26°C).