Not only is much of the northeastern United States and neighboring Canada in store for sunny and warmer weather later this week, indications are it will have plenty of staying power.
Warm weather building on the Great Plains will expand eastward.
Highs well into the 70s to perhaps near 80 degrees are possible from Washington, D.C., to Philadelphia and New York City in the Northeast and from Chicago to Cincinnati and Detroit in the Midwest by this weekend.
Farther north, temperatures will reach the 70-degree mark (near 20 degrees Celsius) around northern New England, southern Quebec and part of New Brunswick.
As unsettled and stormy conditions re-orientate across North America, much of the eastern part of the continent is in store for an extended period of sunny, warmer weather.
The old storm hanging around the Great Lakes and Northeast for nearly a couple of weeks will now be forced out this week.
While it will be a gradual process in New England, many areas will be basking in sunshine and temperatures averaging 15 to 30 degrees higher by this weekend, compared to where they are to start the week.
The flip to the warmer, sunny weather pattern has the potential to last for a couple of weeks in much of the area, taking us into the middle of October.
The pattern change will mark an end to two months of record rainfall for some areas.
Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams points out that the upcoming dry weather could mark the longest rain-free spell in months for some areas.
The AccuWeather.com Winter Forecast will be released to the general public Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011.
Because of the damp soil conditions in much of the Northeast during the past couple of months, it is possible fog may be a problem during the morning hours on certain days.
According to Northeastern Weather Expert Dave Dombek, "Clear, calm conditions in some areas during the upcoming weather pattern, combined with the lengthening nights of October is the perfect setup for late-night and morning fog."
Dombek suspects there will be too much wind initially for fog to form, especially in New England.
"As the pattern progresses, look for morning fog in mid-Atlantic later this week, expanding to New England and neighboring Canada this weekend," Dombek said.
The risk of flooding from Odile will spill onto Texas and parts of the southern and central Plains late this week into the weekend.
Torrential rainfall slammed parts of Serbia over the weekend, resulting in two deaths as rushing waters sliced through area streets.
Igniting across Northern skies, ghostly rivers of light dance overhead each year, emitting vibrant shades of green, blue, pink, red and violet.
On Tuesday, Edouard became the first major hurricane in the Atlantic since Sandy. While Edouard remains at sea, rough surf will reach some Atlantic coast beaches.
Moisture from Tropical Rainstorm Odile will deliver torrential rainfall and cause life-threatening flooding over the interior Southwest through the balance of the week.
The chilliest air of the season so far will settle over much of the Northeast Thursday into Friday and will bring frost to a large area.
Great Lakes (1990)
27 degrees at Sault Ste. Marie, MI. A record low for so early in the season (old record of 30 set in 1974). Snow flurries across Vermont and parts of New Hampshire. Snow flurries and sleet at Naples, NY.
Philadelphia, PA (1991)
50th day at or above 90 degrees, broke old annual record of 49 days set in 1988.
Denver, CO (2000)
High reaches 95 degrees. This is the 61st day of the year at or above 90 degrees - this broke the old annual record of 60 days in 1994.