Near-record warmth grips Southcentral
Despite the departure of the Pineapple Express from Southcentral, temperatures are still on the warm side. Thanks to strong southerly winds through the night, temperatures held steady near 50 degrees. That led to one of the warmest nights Southcentral has seen in several weeks. This warming trend stays with us through the remainder of today, as winds will remain out of the southeast through the day. Winds could be quite gusty at times up to 30 mph, which will not only keep us warm, but continue the trend of pumping in moisture to the region.
With more moisture streaming into Southcentral that will keep rain showers around through most of the day. Expect on again and off again showers through the day as rain pushes through the region. This rain will also keep temperatures from rising much through the afternoon, which likely will prevent us from reaching a high. However, it'll still be near-record warmth through the remainder of the day due to the strong southerly winds. These winds are also playing a role in the air quality advisory in the Mat-Su. With windy conditions still in the forecast, glacial silt is being kicked up by the winds and lower air quality. This advisory remains in place until the winds die down later today.
Rain showers will come to an end into the evening, with clouds slowly clearing out. If you're a fan of the sunshine it returns Wednesday with the warm temperatures remaining in the forecast. Highs will likely climb back to 50 Wednesday under plenty of afternoon sunshine, as we close out October on an extremely warm note.
If you're looking for the cooler weather, you will have to wait until the start of next week. Temperatures by then look to only climb into the 30s, with overnight lows back in the 20s.
Have a great Tuesday!
-Meteorologist Aaron Morrison