A run of dreary weather is expected to come to an end in Berks County and southeast Pennsylvania with sunshine Wednesday and temperatures climbing into the weekend.
Data from the automated equipment at Reading Regional Airport shows the eight days ending with Monday all had nearly or totally overcast conditions.
The AccuWeather forecast is for peaks of sunshine today and clouds to finally break Wednesday with a high in the mid-70s.
Then, expect more sunshine Thursday with a high in the upper 70s, followed by low 80s on Saturday, according to AccuWeather.
Clouds are likely to gather Sunday with a high near 80 degrees and the chance of thunderstorms as a cool front approaches the region.
That looks to be the last hurrah for warm versus cold. The rest of the month appears to be seasonable to below normal with a couple of mornings near Halloween showing the opportunity for frosty conditions, according to the forecast.
That would be a few days later that average.
Through Monday, the monthly average temperature at the airport, the National Weather Service site in Berks, was 65.5 degrees, or 6.7 above an already warm normal.
The surplus should grow significantly by Sunday, and it remains to be seen how much the seasonable half of the month will knock down the average.
The warmest three Octobers in the 123-year temperature database by average temperature are 62.6 degrees in 1947; 61.5, 2007; and 61.2, 1949.
Despite all the clouds recently, little rain has fallen. Only 0.06-inch has been recorded at the airport this month. October and February duel for the driest months of the year.
Some of the precipitation surplus from the soggy September has been negated. For the year at the airport, 37.20 inches of precipitation has been recorded, which is 0.84 above an already high normal.
Normal is now the average of the years 1991 to 2020.
For precipitation, the totals are the highest normal, and for temperature, the second-highest to 1931 to 1960.
Meanwhile, snow cover has already begun ramping up in North America, as has been the trend for autumns in the recent years. Milder air has stayed bottled up in the midlatitudes, keeping the coldest air in the high latitudes.
For now, this fall is no exception.
The Rutgers Global Snow Lab shows Alaska with its third-highest fall snow cover in the database, which is 55 years.
The seasonal extent has been trending up in the fall, slightly up in the winter and sharply down in the spring.
Source: Berkshire mont