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Today will feel like summer with near-record-warm temperatures with a high of 85 the record is 88 set in 1971. Increasing humidity today will make it feel like 88 degrees.
The warmer and drier conditions this week should slow down the progression of fall leaf color a bit, which got off to an early start due to recent cloudy, cool, and damp conditions in September. Normal highs should be in the upper 60s. But will average 5-15 degrees above normal into the end of the week. To get the colors to start popping we need warm, dry, and sunny days with crisp cool nights.
5-Day Outlook, Oct. 3–Oct. 7
Today: Patchy morning fog; Sunny & very warm with increasing humidity. Near record high. High 85 (feel like 88) (record 88 in 1971) Winds: W 5-10 mph
Thursday: Mix of sun & clouds, pleasant, and warm. High 77 Winds: S 5-10 mph
Thursday night: Some clouds and mild. Low around 60 Winds: S 5-10 mph
Friday: Cloudy with some sun and mild. High 71 Winds: S 5-10 mph
Friday night: Mostly cloudy and mild with a passing shower. Low 60 Winds: SE 5-10 mph
Saturday: Periods of rain (.40″) with a spot thunderstorm. High 66 Winds: SSE 5-15 mph
Saturday night: Cloudy and mild with periods of rain (.50″). Low 56 Winds: SE 5-15 mph
Weather Patterns We’re Watching
Columbus Day weekend will start out wet with temperatures in the 60s and end on Monday with some sun with temperatures in the 50s.
Hiking Report/White Mountains Weather
Elevations for summits above 4,000 feet in Northern New Hampshire Today: Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid-60s. Northwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts up to 50 mph.
Elevations between 2,500 and 4,000 feet in Northern New Hampshire Today: Mostly sunny Highs in the upper 60s. Northwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 45 mph.
Click here to go to the Visit NH Fall Foliage interactive tracking page.
About this Author
Rick is a native of Red Hill, PA, and is a former Chief Meteorologist at WMUR-TV. He currently teaches ninth-grade physical science at Central High School. His past adventures in weather-watching include a stint as on-air meteorologist for WSEE in Erie, PA; meteorologist with D&M Weather Services in Pittsburgh, PA; AccuWeather in State College, PA; and weather guy for KDKA radio in Pittsburgh. He studied meteorology at Millersville University in Lancaster, PA (aka God’s Country) and currently lives in Wells Beach, Maine.
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