Perhaps it took a bit longer than we would have liked, but the sun did eventually come out this afternoon, and the clouds (and wind gusts) will continue to dissipate as day turns to night. With no cloud cover and light winds, temperatures will end up a few degrees cooler than last night.
Through Tonight: Skies will continue to clear and winds will eventually abate after sunset. Temperatures will cool off rather quickly, with lows ranging from 40 to 45 degrees, even downtown. Clouds will start to fill back in after 3 a.m., as the wind becomes westerly at 5 mph.
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Tomorrow (Sunday): The weather will be not unlike today’s, except with less wind overall. Mostly cloudy skies will persist through the early afternoon, before some partial clearing allows the sun to peak through. Highs will top out in the upper 50s to low 60s, depending on the amount of sunshine we can squeeze out. Clouds thicken overnight Sunday, and light rain showers may develop early on Monday morning. Lows will be in the low to mid 50s.
Hurricane to make landfall in Portugal for the first time in 176 years: Hurricane Leslie has had quite a wild ride since the storm was first born nearly three weeks ago on Sept. 23. And now, for the storm’s final act, it’s about to make landfall along the coast of Portugal, the first time a hurricane has affected the region since the 1842 Spanish hurricane.
Since that 1842 hurricane, only one other named tropical system (Vince in 2005) made landfall along the Iberian Peninsula. So, it’s pretty safe to say this is an extremely rare occurrence. Leslie is taking advantage of some warmer-than-average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) off the coast of Portugal, with the storm actually intensifying slightly on Friday.
But even with those anomalously warm SST averages, the actual water temperature is in the mid 60s, too cold to support a hurricane. Leslie will quickly (and may already have) transition into a non-named, post tropical storm late tonight. Regardless of name, the storm will still bring hurricane-force wind gusts and heavy rain the coast of Portugal, including the capital Lisbon, before moving inland over Spain and finally dying out.
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