Higher temps, less precipitation
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.”