This past week’s weather has been influenced by that storm known as Hermine. She’s gone now.

This is the final weekend of the year with a 7 p.m. hour sunset. We’re losing daylight at just about the fastest rate of the entire year. Over the next two weeks, 40 minutes of possible sunlight will fade as the autumnal equinox arrives.

Friday will bring near-90-degree heat for what will likely be the hottest day of the rest of the year. While I can’t predict this with 100-percent certainty, it’s a good bet that you won’t see the mercury this high again until next spring or summer. Look for temperatures in the upper 70s to lower 80s  Saturday and Sunday.


Over the weekend, a frontal system or two will pass the area, potentially bringing a few showers. These won’t be widespread enough to warrant canceling any outdoor plans, but you should be aware of the possibility of them. The chance of showers will arise Saturday morning, again Saturday evening, and end Sunday morning.

Temperatures will near 90 degrees Friday afternoonTemperatures will near 90 degrees on Friday afternoon. —NOAA

If you’re going hiking, biking, or running…

The humidity won’t be as oppressive as we’ve seen recently, but you will still notice it in the air. If showers do occur earlier in the weekend, they won’t last long, but to avoid them, plan outdoor activities for Sunday afternoon.

If you’re going beaching and boating…

This isn’t a bad weekend for the beach. Tides will be high on east-facing beaches at about 7 o’clock each morning and evening. Check your local tide charts for the exact time. Water temperatures will be notably cooler than they were last weekend because Hermine stirred up the water so much. Winds will be light onshore Saturday, becoming more southwest, then northwest, for Sunday morning and afternoon. The sunniest period looks to be Sunday afternoon; skies will be changeable Saturday, so you could see a lot of sunshine at your local beach, but others will have more clouds.

If you’re playing soccer, softball, baseball, or golf…

Saturday’s forecast: It only takes a brief shower to make things wet underfoot. Throw an an extra pair of socks in your bag just in case it does rain where you are. However, the ground is still very dry, so any rain will quickly run off or be absorbed.


Sunday’s outlook: After about 8 to 11 a.m.on Sunday, I expect any showers to be gone. It will feel most humid in the morning. The air will dry out during the day.

Highs will reach the upper 70s to lower 80s on Saturday and you can expect similar readings SundayHighs will reach the upper 70s to lower 80s on Saturday, and you can expect similar readings on Sunday. —NOAA

If you’re gardening…

I wrote a piece about what you can plant this time of year to harvest this fall. Be sure to water any newly planted seeds and/or lawn. With the lower sun angle, it no longer takes as much water to keep things moist.

If you’re running errands…

It won’t make much difference which day you choose for errands this weekend. Showers could occur Saturday and again Sunday morning, but not all the time. The sunniest and driest part of the weekend will be Sunday afternoon.  Have everything done by then so you can relax and enjoy the nice weather.

If you’re going to a concert, outdoor party, or wedding…

You may have noticed the word “showers” throughout this article. It’s not going to rain all weekend, but take an umbrella with you if you’re headed out, and keep an eye to the latest forecasts. More specifics on timing of any rain will emerge throughout the weekend.

I will be updating the forecast on Twitter @growingwisdom throughout the weekend.