After a period of above-average temperatures across the Northeast for much of this week, a return to more fall-like conditions will be in store this weekend.
According to AccuWeather Meteorologist Edward Vallee, "A cold front passed through the region on Friday, ending the streak of above-normal temperatures."
Much of the region endured a warm, dry week as high temperatures rose to around 10 degrees Fahrenheit above normal, beginning on Tuesday.
The major cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., each had four straight days of high temperatures in the middle to upper 70s since Tuesday. High temperatures along the Interstate-95 corridor are typically in the upper 60s to near 70 F this time of year.
The stretch of dry and mild conditions ended as a cold front pushed though the region on Friday bringing a period of rain and thunderstorms.
The weekend will remain dry as an area of high pressure builds in from the Midwest.
Despite many locations breaking into sunshine for the weekend, high temperatures will remain near average. Sunday will be the warmer day of the two this weekend.
According to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, "This will be a classic fall weekend in the Northeast and Great Lakes, with cool, dry air and bright leaves making for a pretty scene."
High temperatures from New York state into New England will struggle to reach 60 F on Saturday. Portions of northern Maine will not even reach 50 F.
Those heading to any high school or college football games on Saturday should bring along sunglasses and a light jacket. Umbrellas can stay home as there will not be a threat for any rain.
The weather will also be excellent for anyone hoping to get outside this weekend to either rake leaves, go apple picking or collect pumpkins for the upcoming Halloween holiday.
A return to near-normal temperatures also means a return to chilly nights.
"Despite normality, these temperatures will provide a chill, especially into the early morning hours," Vallee said.
Temperatures on Saturday night will dip into the 30s across much of New England, which may cause some areas to witness the first frost of the season.
Low temperatures on Saturday night will even drop into the 40s as far south as Mississippi and Alabama.
On Sunday, winds will shift to the southwest and usher in slightly warmer air.
Dry conditions, however, will prevail for anyone heading to football games in Philadelphia and Baltimore on Sunday afternoon and East Rutherford, New Jersey for Sunday night football.
Warmer air will return early next week as temperatures will rise into the 70s across much of the Northeast. This stretch of warmer air will be shorter lived than this week as a strong cold front will erase the warmth by midweek.