Today’s warmth to be chilled by rain

KATELYN HIBBARD/Sun-Gazette Officials with the Fall Clean Up Smashtacular Demo Derby remove debris from the mud pit where derby-ready compact cars smashed it out for superiority at the Lycoming County Fairgrounds on Sunday. The derby was welcomed with sunshine, warm weather and at least 500 cheering spectators combined over the weekend.

What was nearly a record-breaking month for warm temperatures in Williamsport will take a turn for the “more typical” throughout this week, said meteorologist Jacob Martin with the National Weather Service in State College.

“Temperature-wise, it’s the second warmest October on record,” Martin said. “The warmest was only a degree warmer in 2007.”

The average temperature for the month was 61.9 degrees as of midnight on Saturday, about 8.5 degrees above normal for Williamsport at this time of year, he added.

Today will continue the pattern of warmth with a high of 70 despite some clouds and a chance of showers. Things will start to cool down as the chance of showers turns into a 100 percent chance of rain overnight into Tuesday.

Showers may continue on and off Tuesday through nightfall, with lows in the 40s, Martin said. Showers are likely to continue Wednesday with the sun returning on Thursday. Temperatures will be in the mid-50s Thursday, and climb into the 60s on Friday.

Saturday will be cooler with temperatures in the 50s and a chance of showers overnight into Sunday.

“Once we get past Monday, temperatures will be closer to normal — more typical of what you might see,” Martin said.

With rain in the forecast for nearly every day this week, Martin said the dry weather the area has experienced has been a good thing for both the people and the beautiful autumn leaves.

“After a wet summer, the dryness should help,” he said. “It’ll let people recover some, go out and harvest crops. It’s delaying the leaf drop, too. Slowing everything down.”

Luckily, the Fall Clean Up Smashtacular Demo Derby lined up with the sunshine and warmth Saturday and Sunday had to offer. More than 100 vehicles joined in on the mechanical mud wrestling match and at least 500 people total came out to cheer on the drivers over the two-day event.