NEW YORK — Even though it was a chilly start to October with morning lows in the 40s in spots, it was a nice warm finish to the weekend with highs in the upper 70s, low 80s across the region.
Temperatures won’t be as warm this week but are expected to be above average for this time of year. Additionally, an unsettled weather pattern will take over as we head back to work.
Showers are slated to arrive Sunday night and carry over into Monday. Although severe weather is not expected, we cannot rule out locally heavy downpours and rumbles of thunder. More showers and storms are possible Tuesday followed by mostly cloudy skies Wednesday and Thursday. You may need the umbrella again on Friday and Saturday.
Tracking the Tropics
We may have dodged a bullet when it comes to Hurricane Sam, but the powerful storm continues to bring large swells and dangerous rip currents to Atlantic beaches. After becoming a tropical storm on Sept. 23, Sam underwent rapid intensification and became a hurricane less than 24 hours after being named the 18th named tropical system of the Atlantic hurricane season.
Fortunately, Sam remained in the open water. The warm sea surface temps along with low vertical wind shear helped to intensify the storm. In fact, Sam spent almost eight days as a major hurricane. By Sept. 25, it was a category 3 hurricane. The National Hurricane Center reported maximum sustained winds as high as 150 mph, which is just 7 mph short of Cat 5 status.
Currently, Sam has picked up in forward speed and is expected to gradually weaken as the storm continues to move over cooler waters. As of the 5 p.m. update on Sunday, it has sustained wind speeds of 100 mph, moving east-northeast 16 mph. A high-pressure system combined with a low-pressure system will continue to steer Sam toward Iceland.
In other tropical news, tropical depression Victor has maximum sustained winds of 35 mph, moving northwest at 12 mph. Strong upper-level winds will aid in weakening the system over the next 24-48 hours. There’s also another area of low pressure north of Hispaniola which has a 20% chance of further development in the next five days.