BENNINGTON — Warm temperatures rolled into the region on Tuesday, nearly breaking records and giving southern Vermonters one last taste of summer.
Temperatures are forecast to fall throughout the week, but will still be above normal. Rain is likely to finish out the week.
"A powerful storm system will develop across the Ohio Valley and will result in big changes in the weather pattern," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said in a news release.
A high temperature of 82 degrees was recorded at the Morse State Airport on Tuesday afternoon. It wasn't enough to beat a high of 83 set for the month of October in 2007, according to data from the National Weather Service in Albany, N.Y.
Another October record of 86, set in 1944, remains. The next highest of 84 was in 1990, according to records from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
Temperatures were closer to the seasonal average of 46 just one year ago: The high temperature in Bennington on Oct. 18, 2015 was a cool 41, according to NWS.
Tuesday night's forecast is for scattered showers, with a low of around 62.
Wednesday's forecast is mostly cloudy with a high of 72 degrees, and a low of 44 overnight.
Southwestern Vermont could see more autumnal weather later this week, when a blast of cold air and soaking rain moves from the Ohio Valley to the northeast, according to Accuweather.
The strongest winds and heaviest rains are expected in western and northern New York. Pockets of heavy rain are expected in Vermont and the rest of New England.
But that rain is much needed in Vermont and the northeast. Much of the New England states are in severe to extreme drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. Bennington County is in a moderate drought, which is the lowest severety, just above abnormally dry.
Contact Ed Damon at 802-447-7567, ext. 111.