Unseasonably warm air hangs on; Coolest of 2016 soon

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SUMMER-LIKE TEMPERATURES RETURN

Fall takes a break! Good Monday evening. The high temperature reached 81° today - shy of a record but warmest for the 17th of October in 51 years!

Monday marked the 112th 80° day of the year taking us up to 18th all-time, and the first time in 10 days.  The most 80° days or higher came in 2007 and 2010 with 131. Fall 2016 now ranks 8th warmest on record with over 70% of the days above normal.

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When temperatures get this far above normal, strong winds blow. Gusts have topped 30 mph in many locations at 5 PM Monday. The peak gust 40 mph at Straughn in Henry county.

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Get ready for a very warm night with a record warm, low temperarue expected of 69° at daybreak Tuesday. The low tonight is even well above the normal high for this time of the year, which is 65°.

COLD FRONT COMING - MUCH COOLER LATE WEEK

A wind shifting cold front will slip south later Tuesday night bringing a few showers and possibly an isolated thunderstorm with it. Wednesday will turn cooler with a new front set to sweep the state late. A much cooler brand of air and a much more typicality October feel is in the works to tend the week.

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Blustery, and showery conditions Thursday will end giving way to the coolest afternoon so far this fall. Friday afternoon may not reach the 60° mark.

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