Before I get into the discussion, a couple of things...
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Second, I will pause updates over the next couple of days as I will be out of town taking care of some personal business. The next update from me appears to be Sunday.
For mid-October, it's not too shabby
Any day in October where temperatures have a chance to climb to the mid-60s to low 70s is bonus. Temperatures are typically 10-15° cooler than these forecast numbers based on average for this time of the year.
It will be a bit on the breezy side as high pressure moves east and a south/southwest flow develops ahead of the front on the way for Friday.
Clouds will be on the increase tonight and overnight lows stay on the warm side with mid-40s to mid-50s the starting point for Friday morning.
Another needed soaker on the way to start the weekend
High pressure that moves east of Maine Thursday is the key feature to watch in how the Friday / Saturday event plays out. It slows down its progression, and thus slows the passage of the front. Along the front, the trough begins to become negatively tilted, which will spin up an area of low pressure along it. The question at this point is when the low forms and how strong it becomes. If it gets its act together early, precipitation amounts will go up. If it is a bit slower in development, it may lower amounts somewhat, but given the hose attached and slow moving nature of the front, it may not affect forecast amounts a whole lot.
Organization and timing of it will be key for eastern areas, especially Way DownEast. Guidance is has settled on the idea of a solid 1-3" rain event for much of the region otherwise.
Another factor in organization and timing will be for potential snow in the mountains. A better organized low that begins to rapidly intensify could drag down cold air from Quebec and bring accumulations to the higher peaks above 2500 feet.
Temperature outlook through Wednesday
After the Friday / Saturday system, guidance is scattered on what happens next. There is a lot of model noise on different scenarios for tropical development, which is affecting the upstream solutions. I will say the next chance for showers appears to be around Tuesday, and see what happens.
Temperatures will generally be above normal through the middle part of next week.
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