Season turns, but heat remains

Fall starts at 11:09 tonight, but residents of the region can note the change of season only on the calendar. It will be almost impossible to do so otherwise.

Temperatures are likely to be far more summer-like than autumnal for the next few days and perhaps longer, forecasters say. The immediate prospects for beneficial precipitation to reduce the area's growing rainfall deficit are relatively slim, as well. It's safe to say that fall, for the moment at least, seems to be on hold.

The first day of fall is likely to be like so many in the last few months - hot and dry. The forecast is for temperatures around the region to be well above normal with little chance for widespread rains.