Is fall finally here to stay?

The seasons may have turned over a new leaf to fall at the end of last week, but Mother Nature overslept her alarm. The past week in the Mid-South has felt more like August than September, but change is now arriving thanks to a friendly cold front that moved through on Wednesday.

A Friendly Front?

Most of the time, when we talk about fronts, we lead with rain and precipitation. That’s not the case with this system though, as the front has shifted most of its wet weather to Texas and points southwest. As the high pressure airmass trailing the front arrives in the Memphis area early Thursday, we can expect cooler conditions and less humidity. Highs on Thursday should be a good ten degrees cooler from what we have seen this week.

High pressure will be the controlling feature behind a mainly “dry” cold front that moved through Memphis on Wednesday.

This high pressure takes control over most of the Southeast heading into the weekend, with partly to mostly sunny skies the dominant theme over the next several days. Very little to almost no chance of rain can be seen in the forecast from Thursday all the way into the beginning of next week.

A Break in the Heat…For Now

Temperature-wise, we will see a return to near normal for Thursday with highs near 80 and lows Friday morning near 60. It’s a near carbon copy for Friday and Saturday, too, with highs again close to 80 and lows right around 60. Some of the suburbs and rural areas could drop lower, into the upper 50s.

A moderate warm-up is in the forecast to start next week, with highs on Sunday reaching the low 80s. Lows will continue to hover around 60. Your work week begins on Monday with highs in the low 80s as well, but warming into the mid 80s for Tuesday and Wednesday. Lows too will be on the rise, into the low to mid 60s once again. It will still be a nice relief for most, with conditions not as humid as the last several days.

The break from the heat for the first few days of October could be broken by the second week, however. While we continue to expect things to be mostly dry, Mother Nature could have another warm spell in the cards for the Memphis area soon.

Are you excited to finally see fall arriving in the Mid-South? Or are you longing for the days of summer to return? Stick with MWN for the best forecasts for the Mid-South area, updated daily online and on your mobile device. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the top social media weather coverage in the Memphis area.

Meteorologist Alex Herbst
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