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Holding Onto The Last Days Of Summer
Published: Sep. 19, 2021 at 6:38 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 20, 2021 at 9:24 AM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - The farther east you go today, the more likely you are to stay dry and see periods of hazy sunshine. The farther west you go, you’ll run into more clouds and a better shot at seeing showers. We’ve got a big area of high pressure anchored off the east coast, extending a wide influence back through the mid-Atlantic and toward the Ohio Valley. You’ll notice a lot wetter sky toward I-65 and I-75 as a stream of good moisture makes its way up out of the deep south and around the western side of this ridge of high pressure. It largely stays at-bay to our west today, but won’t be able to hold out for long. Highs today will reach the 80s, especially in areas that keep that hazy sun shining, dropping back into the 70s in any showers. Tonight clouds will move in more solidly, with rain showers set to sweep across tomorrow.

The zone of rain that we’ll track to our west today will be moving through town tomorrow. Get those umbrellas out, as we’ll see a one-two punch of rain coming from two systems. Tuesday’s rains will see temperatures cool back through the 70s and 60s, though Wednesday’s rains will be more focused in the afternoon and even see a brief temperature spike into the 80s before late-day rain and rumbles sweeps through. That latter system Wednesday will be brought by a good old-fashioned cold front, suitable to drop us back to true-fall temperatures just in time to start the season. Between Tuesday and Wednesday one to two inches of rain will fall for most spots (heaviest in west), and high temperatures Thursday won’t get out of the 60s (hint- most of us were warmer than that all day today).

The rest of the week will feature some quite good “fall” weather, with temperatures mainly in the 60s by day, and as cool as the upper 40s by night. It sounds drastic compared to where we are, but perhaps it won’t take too long to feel right at home with those cozy temperatures.

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