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U.S.: Fiona producing life-threatening surf and rip currents to east coast

Christian Fernsby |
A surge of cool Canadian air behind a strong cold front will continue to herald in the first taste of autumn weather for nearly all of the eastern U.S. to end the week.

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High temperatures will easily be 15-25 degrees cooler compared to recent days, which will equate to widespread 60s and 70s during the day, and 40s and 50s at night as the large surface high settles in.

Some frost will even be possible for some of the inland valleys of the central and northern Appalachians with clear skies and light winds, and also for northern Wisconsin and northern Michigan where freeze warnings are in effect.

Meanwhile, Hurricane Fiona currently passing west of Bermuda is forecast to make landfall over the Canadian Maritimes Saturday morning as it transforms into an exceptionally intense extratropical cyclone.

Blustery northwesterly winds are expected to be the strongest across Maine on Saturday with rough seas near the coast.

The winds are expected to diminish by Sunday morning when the cyclone is forecast to rapidly weaken and move farther away.

In contrast to the autumn feel along the East Coast, heat and humidity will remain in place across the Florida Peninsula where the front is expected to stall into the weekend.

Meanwhile, temperatures will likely be above average across most of the Plains going into the weekend, with highs reaching into the mid to upper 90s for much of Texas and Oklahoma.

In terms of precipitation, some light to moderate rainfall is expected across the Dakotas and into the upper Midwest as a low pressure system crosses the region and brings moisture northward, but nothing too heavy is currently expected at this time.

Scattered to numerous showers and storms will remain across mostly eastern Arizona and northern New Mexico through tonight with threat of heavy rainfall gradually diminishing.

Showers and storms are also expected to persist for central and southern Florida with moisture convergence south of the stalled front.

Elsewhere, rip currents generated by powerful Hurricane Fiona will remain a problem for much of the East Coast through the end of the week.


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