Mark Johnson's October 2013 forecast: More warm temperatures for northern Ohio

CLEVELAND - The October chill is out west for now. That means northern Ohio should enjoy more warm fall weather through this month with a few cooler days mixed in.

THIS WEEK: Average high temperatures to begin the month are in the upper 60s. Computer forecasts tell us to expect temperatures to stay summer-like, in the 70s and lower 80s, through the weekend. The next cold front will drop in on Sunday.

OCTOBER 6-10: Sunday's cold front will bring in cooler temperatures. High temperatures will back down into the 60s next Monday and Tuesday, with a slow warm-up thru the week. Overall, temperatures for next week will average near to slightly BELOW normal.

OCTOBER 11-20: Another warm-up is scheduled to invade Northern Ohio for the second through the third weekends of the month. Temperatures should stay in the 70s for the peak of fall leaf viewing season here. ABOVE normal temperatures will be the rule.

OCTOBER 21-26: Another shot of cooler air will drop into across the Great Lakes. This latest round, like the first one, doesn't look extremely cold. Temperatures will average a degree or two below normal. So highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s look likely.

OCTOBER 27-31: A slightly COOLER than normal trend is predicted. Not a major cold spell. So temperatures in the 50s for highs look reasonable. We'll likely see our first frost sometime between the 22nd and 28th of the month.

OCTOBER RAINFALL: Predicted rainfall will range from between 2.5 to 3.5 inches for the month. That's NEAR normal to slightly BELOW normal.

BOTTOM LINE: Monthly temperatures for October will  likely average ABOVE normal for the month, with the coolest weather arriving during the last week and a half. October rainfall should average near to slightly below normal.

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