Hot week to close out a wet August

With temperatures expected to be near, or in, the 90s for the first few days of this week, students headed back to school are reminded to drink lots of fluids, especially during outdoor activities, according to Michael Colbert meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

“Stay hydrated and don’t over exert outdoors at recess,” he cautioned.

Monday’s high of 87 will bring with it more humid conditions with a 20 percent chance of showers, although Colbert noted they should be very isolated. An evening shower or thunderstorm is possible, but the chances will wind down overnight with temperatures staying around a warm 71.

Tuesday remains sunny and hot with a high around 92 and a low at night of 72.

Although temperatures may seem warm for this time of year, Colbert noted that these daily highs are still a few degrees less than the record for this date.

Hot weather continues Wednesday with a forecast of a sunny 91 degrees during the day, but then things start to change, according to the meteorologist.

A cold front from the north will push through the area bringing a 30 percent chance of showers and a drop in temperatures.

“It should knock the temperatures down about 10 degrees,” he said.

Wednesday night’s temperatures will be around a comfortable 60 degrees.

The cold front should hang around and linger over the region from Wednesday to Friday.

Highs during that period should be around 80 and lows around 60.

The long-range forecast for the upcoming holiday weekend shows a 30 percent chance of showers through Sunday. Temperatures will be very comfortable in the low 80s, thanks to that cold front that will become a stationary front, Colbert said.

He noted it is typical for temperatures to begin to go down this time of year as the earth loses three minutes a day of sunlight.

“We have passed the peak of temperatures climatologically,” he said.

As the times of sunshine decrease, the leaves will begin to change color. There have been reports of a few spotty leaves that have started to change, he added.