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Autumn weather returns after record-setting high temps

Following a spate of Indian summer, this week will bring near-normal thermometer readings with perhaps some rain.

The National Weather Service is calling for a good possibility of drizzle or light rain today with a high of 58 degrees.

Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy.

Precipitation amounts will be less than one-tenth of an inch.

The chance of rain persists through the evening and overnight hours. It will be chilly with a low of 44 degrees.

The chance of rain continues Tuesday into the evening.

Daytime highs will be in the mid-50s Tuesday.

“Any rain we get will be on the lighter side the next couple of days,” National Weather Service forecaster Michael Colbert said.

A low-pressure system in coastal North Carolina on Sunday was moving north, he noted.

Wednesday will be sunny with a high near 60.

The chance of showers will return Thursday and Friday, and it’s even possible for heavy rain at times, with up to an inch falling, Colbert noted.

A good dose of rain either of those days, he said, would certainly help replenish area streams, including the Susquehanna River, which has been running low since the summer.

The high Thursday will be 60 but just 52 Friday.

“Friday looks to be the coldest day of the week,” Colbert said.

Last week’s temperatures were well above normal for mid-to-late October in north central Pennsylvania.

The high temperature of 82 in Williamsport on Thursday broke the previous record of 81 for Oct. 22 set in 1920, according to Colbert.

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