Although we're still more than a week away from the official start of fall, Mother Nature has other plans for us. A strong cold front is blasting across the country, leaving a swath of much cooler air in its wake and this will ultimately be bringing a taste of fall right here in central Virginia.
The front will cross the Charlottesville area on Thursday bringing a few rain showers. Temperatures won't be too cool on Thursday, with highs generally in the mid to upper 70s. Our daytime highs will take a big dip for Friday as cool, Canadian high pressure settles in. Highs will only reach into the lower and mid 60s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. These temperatures will be nearly 15 degrees below average. If the afternoon highs look cool, wait until the overnights. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights will all bring the potential for lows in the upper 40s - keep in mind the average low for those dates would put our numbers in the upper 50s. Believe it or not, this will not be cool enough to break a record. Our record lows for those dates are in the lower 40s!
The fall chill will begin to modify by the start of next week. Temperatures will begin to work closer to the seasonal averages in the mid to upper 70s. On an interesting note, the last time we hit 90 degrees at McCormick Observatory was August 25. Do you think we could get through the rest of the year without another afternoon in the 90s? Keep in mind, historically we have had 90s here in Charlottesville as late as mid-October! Leave your answers to this question in the comments section at the bottom of this blog!