Sunshine expected much of the week

While the start of the week will begin with mostly cloudy skies and a 50 percent chance of showers today, there is plenty of sunshine ahead, according to David Martin, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in State College.

The rain is due in part to a cold front that is slowly making it’s way across the region from the Great Lakes, he said.

“That cold front certainly is not in any big rush,” he said, adding there still will be “peeks of sun” today and Tuesday, but not as much as the area experienced over the weekend. Chance of rain on Tuesday drops to 30 percent, Martin said Sunday.

Today’s high will ranged from the upper 50s to the lower 60s, and it will be a few degrees warmer on Tuesday, Martin said.

“It has been a great fall for leaf colors so far,” he said.

While the peak season for the changing of the colors has past in the high elevations, there are some regions south of here where the leaves still have plenty of color, Martin said.

“It all depends on where you are. You go down around Harrisburg, you probably have another 10 days, maybe two weeks at the most. Once you get into early November, there is not much left except the oak trees. The brown leaves on the oaks seem to stay on forever. They tend to linger a long, long time,” he said.

By mid-week, high temperatures will be unseasonable warm for this time of year, ranging between the mid to upper 70s both Wednesday and Thursday, Martin said. No chance though of breaking any records.

“There will a lot of sun both days,” he said.

Overnight lows throughout the week will range from the upper 40 to the mid-50s, “well above normal,” Martin said.

The weekend ahead does not look bad at all. While there is a 20 percent chance of showers both Friday and Sunday, he said, Saturday is clear with high temperatures between the high 60s to lower 70s.


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