COOLEST OF THE SEASON
The afternoon temperature in Indianapolis took on more of an October feel. After the passage of a cold front, temperatures were nearly 20° cooler from the same time on Wednesday. With an afternoon high of only 62° - this is the coolest afternoon Since may 17th
Skies will start clear tonight and temperatures will cool to the lowest levels so far this fall. Some far outlying areas could slip below 40° early Friday and light, patch frost could develop especially northwest and far north-central Indiana. Frost advisories have been posted for the northern quarter of the state.
WINDY AND WARMER
If you are a fan of the fall colors, get out and enjoy them Friday and Saturday. A stretch of strong southwest winds are forecast through early next week and threaten area trees of the brightening fall foliage. Afternoon gusts of 30 mph or higher starting Sunday and lasting through Tuesday.
The warmth will come right along with the gusty winds - climbing back well into the 70s this weekend and reaching record level 80° highs of 16 to 20 degree above normal Monday and Tuesday.
The temperatures are expected to push as much as 20 degree above normal early next week and enter rare territory. 80 degree days after October 15th are hard to come by. We haven't had two or more days since 1989!
'WARMER THAN NORMAL' PATTERN PERSISTS
We circled the calendar date nearly two weeks ago, identifying October 21st for a bigger and bolder surge of colder air to arrive. As we approach the date the intensity of the chill is waning. Off two longer range computers forecasts, a sharp cool off is still expected after the unseasonably warm air but as so often the case, at further distances, the changes in longer range patterns have been over amplified. We feel that this cool shot of cool will be jarring but once again brief and will ease again. At some point, a longer stretch of cooler than normal weather will develop, exactly when still unclear. October will be the 13th of the last 14 months averaging above normal. We figure warm weather is on the clock. Stay tuned.