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A balmy, breezy Thursday begets a cooler, sunnier weekend

Dave Hayes maintains a daily blog on Facebook (facebook.com/WesternMassWeather), where he produces hyper-local reports, answers questions, and keeps more than 30,000 followers informed and educated about the weather.

Good day to you, southeastern Vermonters! Overall, we’re watching the resurgence of a very strong high pressure ridge that looks to set up shop east of the Mid-Atlantic region in the western Atlantic Ocean.

This will likely keep us on the warmer side through the middle of October before we have a chance to step down into cooler climes for the back half of the month.

Sometimes these ridges are stubborn, especially when combined with or influenced by any tropical activity this time of year, so I’ll keep an eye on it for you.

In the meantime, we’ve got a very warm Thursday coming up before we cool back down and enjoy a sunnier sweet stretch of weather for Friday into early next week, so let’s jump into the details!

For Wednesday, after some early morning patchy fog we will likely be dealing with clouds for much of the day, as low level moisture gets trapped in the form of a cloud deck. While some sunny breaks are possible later in the day, expect a mostly cloudy day with highs in the low to mid 60s and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.

For Thursday, a warm front whips through the region, and gusty southwesterly and southerly winds will move in behind it and into southern Vermont. In fact, some balmy breezes could gust over 30 mph at times!

Expect a very warm day for this time of year with highs well into the 70s under partly sunny skies. An isolated shower or thunderstorm cannot be ruled out, either, as a weakening cold front approaches from the west later in the day. Lows will drop into the 40s as drier air moves into the region.

For Friday into early next week, we can expect high pressure to generally rule the roost, with plenty of sunshine to go around over that four or five-day period. Highs Friday and Saturday will be in the low to mid 60s with lows in the 40s as much drier air works into the region under mostly sunny skies.

By Sunday, humidity will begin to rise again with dew point temperatures reaching into the low to mid 60s and highs rising into the 70s once again, which should last into Monday as well under partly sunny skies. Lows will be in the 50s for comfortable sleeping conditions. Have a great week!

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Originally published in The Commons issue #479 (Wednesday, October 3, 2018). This story appeared on page B2.

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