Wednesday was another record setter with records tied or set at most reporting sites. Springfield hit 83°, not only setting a new daily record, but also tying the highest temperature ever recorded in the month of November.

Now it’s time to go from records to reality with the passage of a cold front tonight.

The front will bring a wind shift and cooler temperatures but not much else. Clouds on the backside of the front will slip out before morning with temperatures cooling into the 40s.

A mix of clouds and sunshine Thursday morning will be followed up by cloudier skies in the afternoon with some rain skirting by near and south of the state line. There will be a noticeably cooler feel to the weather with temperatures only warming into the upper 50s and low 60s, a full 20° cooler than Wednesday’s highs.

Scattered rain showers will continue into Thursday night near and south of the state line where totals of a quarter of an inch are expected. Rain wraps up and moves out by Friday morning and the day looks bright and cool with highs in the low 60s.

Those with weekend plans should be looking at the forecast smiling. It will be a bright and quiet weekend with cold nights and mild afternoons.

The pattern won’t change much into Monday. A storm will move through the region Tuesday into Wednesday but should pass far enough to the south for rain to stay out of the forecast. We will find more cloud cover though, particularly Tuesday.

That storm won’t tap into any cold air and it looks like warmer-than-normal weather will continue throughout the week with highs approaching 70° later in the week.

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