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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published October 06 2013

Weather Talk: Temps of 80 or 90 unlikely, but 70-degree day possible

With the downturn of temperatures in the past week, a common question asked to me is will the area record another temperature of X? X is usually a 90-, 80- or 70-degree reading depending on who is asking the question.

It is likely safe to say that our next 90-degree high will come sometime in 2014. There is only one more day with a record high of 90 degrees this month, and that is next week on Oct. 17. Even an 80-degree day this time of year would be close to a record high as most of our records in the next 10 days are in the low to middle 80s. Meaning, if you play the odds, our next 80-degree day will also likely be in 2014.

Another 70-degree day is more likely. In fact, we may record one this week. Record highs are at least 70 degrees through early November. One factor that may make reaching 70 degrees harder than would normally be the case this time of year is our abundant recent rainfall. Saturated soils are not as easily warmed as dry soil, yet, playing the odds, another 70-degree day is a strong possibility before winter.


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