Saturday October 19, 2013 | 08:41 AM
Posted by David Epstein

 A nice morning across the state yields a mild afternoon with temperatures back into the 60s.  If you look at the sky this morning, there are some high cirrus clouds acting as a filter of the sun.  These clouds will tend to increase throughout the day so by the end of the afternoon, the blue will be more grey.

 

I don’t expect any rain today, but there is chance for a few showers overnight.  The threat of showers is greatest around midnight and the hours just after, with any activity exiting the area before sunrise.
 
Our sunrises are now close to 7AM and sunsets are now before 6PM making for about 11 hours of daylight.
  
Many of you might be watching the Red Sox tonight.   If you are lucky enough to head to the game  there will clouds increasing throughout the game and after the 5th inning or so there could be a shower.  If you are going to Boston, take a jacket and throw in an umbrella just in case if you don't like to get wet.
 
Sunday
 
When you get up tomorrow there might be cloudy skies for a couple of hours early, but skies will clear and sunshine becomes the dominate player for the afternoon.  Temperatures hit the lower to middle 60s along with a brisk westerly wind. 
 
Although we have a few light showers in the forecast, the dry weather is actually becoming an issue.  If we were having this kind of dry spell in July there would be real problems with agriculture and you can be sure water bands would be widespread.  Much of  southern and central Maine have not seen significant rain this month.  Since the first part of September was wet, we are still not in an abnormally dry condition status.  That is the first level before an official drought.
 
The biggest issue with such conditions going into winter is ground water is low and some plants could be more susceptible to damage this winter.  There is still plenty of time to get water into the ground before it freezes; however, time is running out.
 
October tends to be one of our driest months and many of the longest dry spells on record have been in October.  In contrast, November is often a stormy and cloud month.  
 
You’ve been hearing about the big pattern change coming next week and it’s still on the way.   Temperatures are going to be cooler and cooler each day after Tuesday and by the end of the week most areas will only reach the upper 40s and 50s during the afternoon with a widespread frost and even freeze probable for all areas, including along parts of the coast.
 
Foliage is peaking in near the water this weekend and the best time to take pictures is between 2 PM and 5 PM  when the angle of the sun is lower in the sky and the light has more of an orange glow.  We might have some issues this weekend with the clouds Saturday afternoon hurting the light a bit and the wind Sunday blowing the leaves off the trees.
 
 

Gardening This Week This is a great time of year to remove some of the invasive plants in your garden. In this week's video, I head to the New England Wild Flower Society to learn about some of the worst plant offenders in the garden.

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David Epstein has been a meteorologist for more than 25 years. He spent 16 years in Boston and currently freelances at WGME13 in Portland.

In 2006, David founded GrowingWisdom.com, a business producing educational and marketing videos for the green industry. He currently is a professor at Framingham State College, teaches Jan Plan at Colby College and owns Bloomscapes Inc., a landscape design business.

David authored "Gardens Of New England" and his work has been published in Grolier's Science Annual for 10 years. He lives in South Natick, Mass., and has a summer home in Harpswell.

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