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The sun was shining and the temperatures in the 80s on Main Street on Tuesday.

Mid-October to Feel More Like Summer

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After a frost scare a couple weeks ago, the weather this week will be more like summer than autumn. 
 
Accuweather says some areas may break records for warm temperatures for October from a high pressure system building across New England.
 
"As a high pressure system begins to shift into a position just off the Eastern Seaboard on Friday, it will usher in some unusually warm air for mid-October," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Carl Babinski.
 
Temperatures will range 10 to 20 degrees above normal but a cold front and wet weather arriving this weekend will bring a more seasonable chill to the air. 
 
The National Weather Service out of Albany, N.Y., is predicting days in the lows 70s this week and nights in the high 50s. The week will be partly cloudy with rain arriving Saturday night and cooler air in the 50s and low 60s on Sunday. 
 
The somewhat sunny weather will provide a few days relieve from the precipitation that's inundated the region this summer. September's monthy rainfall ranged from 6 to 9 inches across the Berkshires compared to an annual average of 4 to 5 inches. 
 
The U.S. Drought monitor has about 11 percent of the Northeast experiencing abnormally dry conditiohns and 3 percent moderate drought, according to Accuweather. 
 
Another tip from Accweather: "With Halloween a little over two weeks away, pumpkin carving enthusiasts may want to wait a week or so to set their jack-o'-lantern outside, as unseasonable warmth may hasten pumpkin deterioration."
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MCLA Announces Hardman Journalist in Residence

NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — Wall Street Journal Senior Editor Bob Davis will be Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts' 2021 Hardman Journalist in Residence from Nov. 1-2. 
 
As part of his residency, he will offer a community lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, in the First Floor Atrium of the MCLA Feigenbaum Center for Science and Innovation. This event is free and open to the public and will be delivered in person with a hybrid virtual option. 
 
To register for the in-person event or virtual lecture, visit https://mcla.edu/mcla-in-the-community/events/notable-speakers/hardman-lecture-series.php
 
Bob Davis is a senior editor who covers economic issues out of Washington D.C., and focuses on the trade and economic struggle between the United States and China. He is co-author of a book about the fight, "Superpower Showdown." 
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