THIS EVENING: Sunny, Low Humidity. Temperatures Near 70.

TONIGHT: Clear & Cool. Lo 54.

FRIDAY: Sunny & Breezy. Hi 75. Winds: N 5-15 mph.

Today was the start of another long dry and comfortable weather pattern. Highs today hit the mid-70s with plenty of sunshine and just passing clouds. The clear and dry weather leads to a comfortable night with temperatures dropping to the 50s. This leads to a cool start to Friday, but we can expect a repeat of warm afternoons for Friday and Saturday. The only effect from Hurricane Lee to our east will be a persistent breeze from the north. Gusts should stay at 20 mph or less as the storm pulls north toward Nova Scotia.

A weak front will push through the state on Sunday, only to bring scattered clouds for the afternoon. Given the dry pattern and lack of moisture with this front, even stray showers look less likely. Another ridge of high pressure follows and early next week remains sunny and dry with low humidity. Temperatures will even trend back toward 80° again by the middle of next week.

Given another dry stretch coming up, it’s important to remember that most of our counties are still under a drought watch. While recent rain has helped slightly, it hasn’t been enough to stave off bigger drought concerns from earlier this year. The airport in Harrisburg offically sits at over a 6″ deficit for 2023 and that will grow to over 7″ in the next week. The weather is going to be spectacular but the backdrop is that we still need the rain and continue to search for it during a very dry extended outlook. Stay tuned.

-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso