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First Alert Forecast: bright sunshine, cooler Wednesday; crisp air lingers late week

Published: Sep. 22, 2021 at 4:57 AM CDT|Updated: Sep. 22, 2021 at 1:19 PM CDT
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WEDNESDAY: Sunshine prevails through the remainder of the day as temperatures continue to climb through the 70s to near 80° on this first day of fall. Cool northerly breezes will hang around, gusting to 25-30 mph at times through the afternoon hours. Winds will subside tonight - amid clear skies, allowing for lows to drop into the lower to middle 50s.

THURSDAY: A cool start, inspiring some to grab jackets early on, will give way a mild afternoon, about 10 degrees below average – in the 70s amid abundant sunshine. Breezes will not be as aggressive as Wednesday. With clear skies and calm winds, expect lows in the lower 50s by early Friday morning.

EXTENDED FORECAST: Behind the front, the first, true fall air mass will invade the region and hang around for a while. Barring any other hiccups, expect sunshine, low humidity and below-average temperature for the better part of end of the month. Expect highs through mid-week in the 70s, lows well into the 50s. Gradually, temperatures will rebound back to the 80s, lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s.

TALKIN’ TROPICS: As we continue through the peak weeks of tropical season, Peter and Rose remain on the board, both struggling to hold it together. Peter will start to curve more northward, angling toward Bermuda through the end of the week; Rose will also begin to turn northward through the week ahead. While Rose may stay out to sea, Peter could have impacts to Bermuda by this weekend as a tropical storm or depression. The remnants of Odette could reform through late week in the northern Atlantic, but still will have no direct impact on land. The other disturbance, southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands could become a tropical depression or storm by the end of Wednesday - as of now, its expected to gain latitude and likely not pose an issue for the Gulf, but we’ll monitor its progress.

Patrick Ellis

WLBT/FOX 40 First Alert Meteorologist

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