Happy Friday everyone! It is a stunning open to the final weekend of October.
The temperature turnaround has already begun with a rise of nearly 30 degrees since early Friday morning. Outlying temperatures once again dipped into the 30s but Indianapolis remained above 40°.
The official thermometer for the city, located near the airport has only dipped below 40° one time so far this Fall - that is a remarkable! Frost-less officially through 28th of October and the fewest number of nights below 40° in 85 years! (1931).
Needless to say it's been a very warm autumn to date - ranking 10th warmest on record and producing 40 plus days of 70° warmth or higher. There is no let up in sight as we close October and open November.
High temperatures surge to the upper 70s Saturday before a wind shifting cold front passes early Sunday. Sunday's high will come rather early in the day as cooler air settles in behind the front in the afternoon. The cool off isn't a powerful one - only dipping temperatures briefly Sunday night and Monday for Halloween. No FEAR - Halloween is still on track to be the warmest in 8 years with temperatures in the mid to upper 60s behind Sunday's cold front.
The same front returns Monday night but as a warm front and once again temperatures will surge to near record levels to open November. November 1st marks the latest last 80° day on record for Indianapolis, (81° 1950) and we could get awfully close Tuesday afternoon. This will be the warmest open to a November in 17 years!
It is unseasonably warm air is forecast through much of next week and the 'warmer' pattern will persist well into the early half of November. We are certainly on borrowed time! Enjoy the weekend and GO CUBS GO!