Unseasonable temperatures have hit the north country this week with Wednesday being the warmest day, challenging the warmest Oct. 4 on record, but the heat will come to a screeching halt over the weekend.
Phillip Pandolfo, forecaster for the National Weather Service in Buffalo, said that an area of high pressure is on the East Coast and circling the warm air into the north country.
The low for Wednesday night was expected to be about 67 degrees.
“That’s closer to normal high temperatures for this time of year in the north country,” he said.
The normal high temperature for Oct. 4 is 63 degrees. The high temperature Wednesday was about 20 degrees warmer than that.
The National Weather Service reports that the record high for Oct. 4 is 84 degrees set in 1951. The Weather Service records temperature observations at Watertown International Airport near Dexter.
The Weather Service reports a record temperature of 84 for Oct. 5, also set in 1951. The highest recorded temperature Wednesday at the airport was 82 degrees. The record temperature recorded at the Watertown filtration plant was 85 degrees in 1926.
The warmer weather in September was a welcome sight for Mike Hunter, field crops specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension.
“This is just what we wanted,” he said. “You couldn’t have asked for a better September for us to finish out the season.”
He said that he is hearing from people that “you can’t ask for better weather right now for harvest.”
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