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Evening Update: Cold Front to Dampen the Summer Heat

With a high of 82 degrees and up to 70% humidity, College Park got one last day of sticky summer weather before fall settles in—hopefully for good. Hurricane Michael is also on our radar, as it made landfall on the Florida panhandle this morning. This is the first category 4 or stronger storm to hit that coastline, so hopefully the area is well prepared for this.


High pressure will remain over the region through this afternoon, giving way to clouds and a 50% chance of light rain tonight, or heavier rain in areas that may see thunderstorms after 2 a.m. The low temperature will fall to 71 degrees, and winds from the south will blow at 7 mph.

Tomorrow (Thursday):

Tomorrow will be quite damp as a long-wave trough and cold front approach from the west, the high humidity and tropical storm to our south combined will all lead to a 100% chance of some heavy rain tomorrow. Precipitation accumulations will reach a quarter to a half inch. There will be a south wind around 9 mph, and a high temperature near 78 degrees.

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A map of tomorrow’s surface fronts and sea-level pressures. The cold front and trough to our west will lead to heavy rain at times tomorrow, while Hurricane Michael sneaks up from the south. (via WPC)

Tomorrow Night:

There is a 90% chance College Park will see showers as well as some heavy rain before 2 a.m. as the cold front blows through. New precipitation may reach up to a half to three quarters of an inch. The front will also take away some of this week’s summer heat, as the low dips into the upper 50s. Additionally, there will be northwest winds at 10 to 15 mph, as well as gusts up to 21 mph.

A Look Ahead:

The remnants of Hurricane Michael are expected to pass by us early Friday morning. Unlike Florence earlier this season, Michael is moving quickly and will not stick around dumping rain along its path. The southeast is at risk for flash flooding, especially after all the rain this season. Our area will get around an inch of rain from the storm, then we can enjoy high pressure for a cool, autumnal homecoming weekend.

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