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Fall Finally Arrives With Cooler, Dryer Weather

Temperatures will fall this week, but rain will not

October 15, 2018 - 10:47 am
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Related: Last Month Was Pittsburgh’s Third Wettest September On Record

By Jennifer Bloodworth for NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) — Unpack your sweaters and grab some cider; autumn has arrived in Pittsburgh. 

Fall came quickly this year, dropping temperatures over 30 degrees in a matter of days last week.

Monday will be the warmest day of the week, with a high of 61 degrees before temperatures plummet to the 30s following some showers.

Look for highs in the low to mid-fifties the rest of the week.

AccuWeather meteorologist Elliott Abrams says another cold front will move in Wednesday, bringing a low temperature around freezing. There is a silver lining though.

“Many people are looking to the demise of the mosquitoes as one benefit of this, and that may actually happen Wednesday night.”  

Areas North of the city could even see their first snow. High temperatures won’t even reach the fifties Thursday. Friday will bring a high of 56 before a third cold front moves in late Saturday bringing a chance of showers. High only 48 Sunday.

“Doesn’t look like it’s going to warm up a lot anytime soon,” Abrams said. “Maybe before Halloween it’ll get warmer again just in time for trick-or-treaters … but this week will be basically chilly or just cool.”  

With the heat goes the rain for now. Abrams says the wet weather patterns the region has seen this year will dry out after Monday’s showers.

“The flow this week will be mostly out of the Northwest coming out of the middle of the country where it’s dry,” Abrams said. “So we’ll have a long period of dry weather, something we really haven’t had any time recently.”

Total rainfall for the year in Pittsburgh is just over 46 inches. It’s usually a little less than 31 inches by now.

2018 is already one of the top ten wettest years on record for the Pittsburgh area.

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