Temperature drop offers taste of fall

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Aug. 15, 2013 @ 07:20 PM

Temperatures plunged at least 10 to 15 degrees from earlier this week. Some models have the high temperature on Saturday only reaching into the middle to upper 60s.

High temperatures should remain in the middle to upper 70s through the weekend,  said Ryan Ellis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service out of Raleigh. By contrast, the normal high temperature for the greater High Point area for this week is 87 degrees.

“There’s probably going to be a 12- to 15-degree temperature drop through the end of the week, and possibly more by Saturday,” said Michelle Kennedy, meteorologist with WXII-TV.

Some areas of the Piedmont may post high temperatures only in the 60s on Saturday, Kennedy said.

“It is amazing to see 90 degrees the last couple of days, then down to 65,” she said. “This time of the year, we don’t typically see this pattern. I think it is possible it will be that cool (by Saturday).”

While temperatures will drop noticeably, humidity levels won’t change significantly, Ellis said. That means the weather this week won’t have the crisp hint of autumn, which officially arrives Sept. 22.

Indeed, Ellis said that this week’s lower temperatures will return to the typical hot conditions of summer by the middle of next week.

“This is an abnormality in the summer weather pattern,” he said. “We’re going to have a strong high pressure that’s going to come across New England, which is going to filter cooler area to us like you’d see in the winter.”

Once the high moves out, as is expected next week, typical summer temperatures will return.

“It’s certainly not the start of fall,” Ellis said. “By the middle of next week, it gets back into the upper 80s, probably.”

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