Last of the eighties this weekend?

Posted Friday, October 25, 2020

Everyone probably knows by now that cooler temperatures are headed our way next week. But the weekend will be warm. Temperatures around the Tuscarawas Valley will likely hover around the 80-degree mark Saturday and Sunday.

We’re also only a handful of days short of October. That got me wondering when we see our last 80-degree day of the season here in the Valley. Sure enough, we’re getting close to the day where we can say goodbye to the warm eighties.

Dates where the high temperature of the day reached 80° for the last time of the year oveer the last 10 years in New Phila.

Last year it was 91° on October 3rd. A very strong cold front swept through the region which put a screeching halt to the heat. The high temperature on the next day (October 4th) only got to 67°.

While we won’t see any 90s over the weekend in the Valley, a strong cold front will sink through east-central Ohio Monday evening/night. Colder air will rush in behind Monday’s front bringing an end to our stretch of warm and dry weather. Next week promises to bring below normal temperatures as we start October.

So, our records show that this weekend could be the last time we see a daytime high of 80° or so for quite a while – until mid-April-ish. Projections from our computer models show that we can expect to see much cooler temperatures as we head towards next weekend.

National Weather Service Blend of Models (BoM) temperature projections for the next 10 days.

On the other side of the coin, October also usually brings our first freeze of the season.

It appears that autumn in the Tuscarawas Valley is right on schedule.

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