High pressure continues to control our weather Columbus Day and through the early part of the week as mainly dry and seasonably cool weather continues most of the week ahead.
Columbus Day will start off cool with sunrise temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. A few pockets of patchy fog will burn off early and overall it should turn out to be a mostly sunny day with afternoon high temperatures reaching into the low to mid 60s. A perfect day for taking a drive to view the foliage, with peak colors being reported throughout portions of Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire Counties. Light winds will drift in from the south around 5 mph.
A weak cold front will be to our northwest later Monday night and Tuesday and most likely will provide nothing more than an increase in cloudiness Monday night into early Tuesday. Overnight lows in the upper 30s through the outlying areas to mid 40s in Springfield. Light and variable winds.
Tuesday and Tuesday night, some early day cloudiness possible then becoming partly cloudy and continued seasonably cool. Highs in the mid 60s. Lows returning to the 40s overnight. Light and variable winds, becoming southeast about 5 mph.
On Wednesday there will be a low pressure system moving into southern Canada and it will track well northwest of our area through Thursday. The attendant cold front swings through here between the early morning hours Thursday up to midday, then moves eastward and off the New England coast by nightfall. At that point the front slows with the possibility of a wave of low pressure rippling offshore along the front on Friday. Most of the precipitation is likely to move northwest of the area Wednesday night and early Thursday, but there remains a chance of a passing shower as the front approaches and crosses the area.
Wednesday and Wednesday night, mostly cloudy skies with a chance of a late night shower. Highs in the mid to upper 60s and lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.
Thursday, an outside chance of a shower, otherwise a partly cloudy day follows and temperatures climb into the mid 60s for afternoon highs.
Thursday night, partly cloudy. Lows in the mid to upper 40s.
Friday’s outlook hinges on whether the offshore wave of low pressure is close enough to throw clouds and a chance of a shower into the area. Otherwise, a partly cloudy end of the work week with slightly cooler temperatures, highs struggling into the low 60s.