Rain likely today, followed by cooler temperatures

Mid-October means football, flaming foliage and crisp, cool evenings, and that’s exactly what can be expected this week.

After several days of summer-like temperatures, a cold front will move across the state and, then, it will feel more like October than August.

Local residents can expect rain today.

“We are looking at isolated to severe thunderstorms,” said National Weather Service forecaster Elyse Colbert.

The high temperature will reach about 70 degrees, some 10 degrees cooler than daytime thermometer readings of the past few afternoons.

The rain can be expected to bring gusts of wind of as high as 26 mph.

The chance of rain is 90 percent with rainfall of up to an inch expected.

The normal high temperature for Oct. 7 in Williamsport is 65, while the normal low is 44.

The rest of the week calls for mild, pleasant weather.

Temperatures will dip into the mid 40s overnight Monday to usher in several days of mostly sunny weather.

“Once the front comes through, it will be much more seasonable,” Colbert said.

It will be mostly sunny and windy Tuesday with a high of 64 and sunny Wednesday with a high of 66. Night-time lows will be in the low 40s.

Gradually warming temperatures are forecast for the rest of the week.

Sunny skies will continue Thursday through Saturday.

Temperatures will range from a high of 67 on Thursday to the low 70s Friday and Saturday. Night-time lows will be in the high 40s during the period.

Colbert reported that September was a dry month for the area with just 1.6 inches of rain falling.

Normal rainfall for the month is 4.16 inches.