Good afternoon…. hopefully you got outdoors and enjoyed the weather today. Highs across the state ranged from the mid 60’s across eastern Iowa, to near 80 across northwest Iowa. If you didn’t get outside today, you will really want to get outdoors tomorrow!
A strong southwest wind tomorrow will be warming up our temperatures tomorrow. Highs on Sunday will be in the 80’s across the state. Would not be surprised to see a 90 degree reading across extreme western Iowa. These temperatures will be far above average for this time of year. Average highs for mid October are in the 60’s, with overnight lows in the upper 30’s to low 40’s.
On Monday, the winds will shift out of the northwest, which will bring in cooler air. Highs on Monday will be in the upper 60’s to low 70’s. Strong winds will also be an issue as wind gusts will be near 40mph during the afternoon Monday. Due to the strong winds both on Sunday and Monday, combined with the recent dry stretch of weather, burning will not be recommend due to the high fire risk.
Looking to the week ahead, temperatures will continue to stay above average. This poses the question of when we will see our first frost and freeze across the state. On average, the first frost occurs within the first couple of weeks of October, followed by the first hard freeze near the middle to end of October. Looking at the long range models that go out through October 25th, there is no sign yet of freezing temperatures. Highs still appear they will stay in the 60’s and 70’s! The only hope for allergy sufferers will be the models change in the coming week, and a hard freeze will be in our near future.