Higher temps, less pre­cip­i­ta­tion

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS -

Wed­nes­day’s weird weather cul­mi­nated in record-break­ing heat in Al­len­town, and the Na­tional Oceanic and At­mo­spheric Ad­min­stra­tion’s Cli­mate Pre­dic­tion Cen­ter says tem­per­a­tures are go­ing to stay above av­er­age through the first half of the month.

We hit a high of 93 de­grees at Le­high Val­ley In­ter­na­tional Air­port on Wed­nes­day, break­ing the record of 92 set in 1927.

This was also the high­est tem­per­a­ture ever recorded at the air­port in Oc­to­ber. The pre­vi­ous record was 92, set Oct. 5, 1941.

While tem­per­a­tures are an­tic­i­pated to be much more fall-like for the week­end, lon­grange out­looks fa­vor warmerthan-nor­mal con­di­tions for a large por­tion of the coun­try. Above-av­er­age tem­per­a­tures stretch from Utah and Ari­zona through the Mid­west and into the Great Lakes re­gion. The prob­a­bil­ity falls slightly in the mid-At­lantic, with a 40% chance of higher-than-nor­mal tem­per­a­tures through Oct. 16.

On the flip side, we have a 40% chance of be­low-av­er­age pre­cip­i­ta­tion for the same time pe­riod. That’s not good news af­ter Al­len­town fin­ished Septem­ber some 3.28 inches of rain be­low nor­mal. For the first time this year, the en­tire Le­high Val­ley area is listed on the U.S. Drought Mon­i­tor as “ab­nor­mally dry.”

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