Many of us have been enjoying the wonderful quiet fall weather over the past few days. Since it has been inactive and there is nothing to talk about, we have decided to take a look at the next week ahead to see what is in store.
Wednesday will be a repeat of today with highs ranging from the the lower 70s in the north to the upper 70s in the south. The only change from today to tomorrow, is more sunshine. Lows Wednesday night will be in the low to mid 50s across much of the state. These high and low temperatures are slightly above normal for this time of year, as average high ranges from the upper 60s in the north to the lower 70s in the south.
Thursday we will continue this upward climb in temperatures as highs will range from the mid 70s to mid 80s. This is because our winds will breezy out of the south southeast. Winds in the morning will start off on the lighter end but will be increasing to 15-20mph in the afternoon, gusting up to 30mph at times.
Friday will also be warm as temperatures will range from the upper 70s to lower 80s. Thursday and Friday will be are warmest days, before we start to see a pattern shift once again. Friday also brings a slight chance of rain to far northwest Iowa as an approaching cold front starts to approach the state.
On Saturday, highs will range greatly across the state as the cold front will already be working its way through. Highs behind the front, which will be the western part of the state, will only make it to the upper 60s. Highs in central Iowa should climb up to the mid 70s before the front moves through; and the eastern part of the state will be able to warm up before the front moves through, allowing temperatures to climb into the lower 80s. Now the only concern with Saturday, is that a large low over the Atlantic coast could slow up this cold front. If this low slows the approaching cold front, we would be looking at a different forecast. We will continue to keep track of this and update you if anything changes. Severe weather looks to remain low at this point but if storms can get going ahead of the cold front, we could see an isolated severe storm or two. Rainfall totals will also be impressive, as totals will range from a half inch to as much as an inch. Locally higher amounts will be possible in thunderstorms.
After the cold front moves through on Saturday, cooler temperatures will work into the state on Sunday. Highs will range from the upper 60s to mid 70s and these highs will persist into early next week.
Fall officially arrived on Sunday. The sun is now south of the equator, so our days will continue to get shorter. That also means we are now 47 days away from seeing our average first measurable snowfall in the state. Enjoy the fall colors, and all the fall festivities before we start talking about snow in our forecast. Have a great rest of the week!