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First Alert Weekend Forecast: Oct. 1
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First day of October shaping up to be beautiful

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- We are still under the influence of a NE breeze with low level moisture around. As of this writing we are mostly clear but the likelihood of some low clouds and fog forming is present, so temper expectations of a sunny start today. The remnants of Ophelia will be moving away from the eastern seaboard over the next 24 hours and more sunshine later today looks more likely than the last few days. High pressure will be mainly focused west of the viewing area, so while the Midwest will see record challenging high temperatures from this, we on the edge of the ridge can see temperatures right around to just above historical averages for early October. We are however, entering the season when averages drop very quickly each day. Historical averages for early October are in the upper 70s but the end of the month averages are in the upper 60s.

We are continuing to watch an upper trough and associated cold front that is expected to move through the region later this week and into this weekend. Current data suggests that light rain can return as early as Friday night into Saturday morning. As the front moves through we will be cooler Saturday and especially Sunday. Dew points crash from the 60s to the 30s! A true taste of crisp Autumn air next weekend!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Steve Stewart