Forecast: Pleasant weather takes hold of mid-week pattern

Rain and showers were on the way out of the area in the early morning hours on Monday, and by your morning commute things will be clearing out with a new cool airmass in place. Drier air will be advecting in with west/northwest winds during the day. Plenty of sun as well — and the cooler temperatures aloft will translate to the surface with highs only in the lower 60’s in the city and even cooler than that over the interior. Much of the same is expected on Wednesday and Thursday, with temperatures moderating a few degrees each day.

NAM forecast model showing high temperatures in the lower 60’s on Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday: Awesome fall day – not many other ways to describe it. High temperatures in the lower 60’s throughout Central and Northeast NJ/NYC. A few degrees cooler in the interior spots of NJ/NY/CT. West/northwest winds will prevail during the day and they may be a bit gusty at times. Low humidity and plenty of sun. 10/10.

Tuesday Night: Crisp, cool autumn air in place once again. Mostly clear skies with low temperatures falling into the upper 40’s in the city. Cooler in the usually cold interior spots. The gusty west/northwest winds will lighten a bit. Bring a sweatshirt or jacket if you’re headed out.

Foliage: Fall foliage has progressed rapidly over the past week or so, likely owing to the very cool temperatures and periods of rain throughout the Northeast. Parts of Northern New England are way ahead of the last several years foliage — with past peak colors being observed. Most of Central New England is near peak color, while our area (NJ/CT/NY) is beginning to near peak with Moderate Color.

Tropics: Hurricane Rafael churns in the Atlantic as a late-season storm. He is expected to shift northward over the next few days, missing Bermuda to the east, and then turn north-east into the Northern Atlantic Ocean before dissipating. Rafael is not a threat to the US.

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