Unseasonably chilly air to persist through the weekend

The early fall chill will last through the weekend. Frost and freezing temperatures are possible both Saturday night and Sunday night. Any frost or freezing temperatures would have an unusually high impact for this point in the season. The corn crop was planted late due to an excessively wet spring. Once planted, the crop matured more slowly than normal due to a cool July and August. As a result, the corn harvest is well behind schedule.

  • High temperatures have been around 20 degrees below normal since Wednesday.
  • Based on preliminary data, the following coolest daily highs on record occurred: 

Paducah Evansville
Oct. 14...53 (old record was 54 in 2004) Oct. 15...51 (old record was 52 in 1974)
Oct. 15...52 (old record was 54 in 1974)  
Oct. 16...48 (old record was 50 in 1943)  

  • Forecast highs are in the mid to upper 40's Saturday. Once skies clear out, lows are expected to fall into the lower to mid 30's Saturday night and Sunday night.
  • Record cool highs are possible again Saturday. Record lows are not expected. Record lows are in the 20's at Evansville and near 30 at Paducah. The following are the record minimum high temperatures for Saturday:

Evansville Paducah
Oct. 17...49 (1948) Oct. 17...50 (1943)


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