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Oct 9, 2016 7:00 PM

NH1 First Alert Weather: Sun returns to NH for Columbus Day

NH1 Meteorologist

Sunday's rain was heavy at times in southeastern New Hampshire, with areas from Salem to the seacoast receiving over an inch. Moisture from what was once Hurricane Matthew streamed into New England ahead of a cold front, which passed through Sunday night.

Columbus Day will be beautiful but cool across the Granite State, as high pressure builds into the region. Expect lots of sunshine, though some fair-weather clouds may develop at times in western and northern New Hampshire. High temperatures in most areas will only be in the 50s, with the mildest spots of southern New Hampshire near 60 degrees. A northwesterly wind will be gusty, up to 30 mph in places.

High pressure builds directly overhead Monday night. Clear sky and a lighter wind will allow temperatures to drop dramatically in some places. By Tuesday morning, the coldest valleys will likely be in the 20s. Most of central and southern New Hampshire will have lows Tuesday morning in the 30s, with some patchy frost.

Another nice day is on the way Tuesday, with a mostly sunny sky. It'll be milder, with highs in the low to mid 60s in most places. A light north to northeasterly wind may cool the coast a bit during the afternoon.

High clouds may dim the sun at times on Wednesday, but it should still be a partly to mostly sunny day. Milder air will continue to stream in, with highs in the mid to upper 60s and a light southerly wind.

The only chance of rain this week will come later Thursday, as the next cold front approaches the region. We'll find partly to mostly cloudy skies on Thursday. It'll remain mild with highs in the 60s to near 70 in a few places. Right now, the highest risk of showers appears to be Thursday afternoon and night, but only scattered showers are expected.

Clearing will follow on Friday, with the next high pressure area moving overhead. Friday will be a cooler and breezy day, with highs in the 50s. A clear night Friday night will allow temperatures to quickly drop through the evening, and Saturday will be another cool day.

Sunday should be pleasant and a bit milder. The next disturbance will approach later Sunday, with more clouds and the next risk of showers coming either later Sunday or next Monday.

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