How to prepare for cooler fall weather coming to Delaware

by Danica Brendon

As the calendar turned to fall on September 22nd, the warm summer-like breezes have still been lingering in Delaware. However, that is about to change this weekend. A cold front is expected to move through the region around midday on Friday, bringing brisk fall-like temperatures along with it. This shift in weather signifies that the cold season has arrived.

According to the National Weather Service, after the rain clears out on Saturday, cool northwest winds will flow through the area, causing temperatures to drop. Saturday night will see lows in the upper 40s, which is quite a difference from the recent lows in the 60s. On Sunday, the weather will be breezy and mild, with a high of 60 degrees. Sunday night will bring lows of 45 degrees.

But how long will this cold weather last? Well, it’s safe to say that it’s here to stay until next spring. The average low temperature for Wilmington in October is 47 degrees, and it continues to drop until February. Looking ahead, the forecast for the next few days shows highs in the low to mid-60s and nighttime lows in the mid- to upper 40s.

With the arrival of colder temperatures, it’s important to start thinking about how it will affect certain aspects of our lives, such as outdoor plants. Cooler temperatures can cause significant damage to tender and tropical plants. The Old Farmer’s Almanac advises bringing these plants inside when the temperatures drop below 45 degrees. It’s best to start bringing them in when the temperatures hit 50 degrees.

As we prepare for the colder weather, let’s not forget to enjoy the fun things fall has to offer. Delaware offers a variety of u-pick offerings, including apples, pumpkins, and trees. It’s a great way to embrace the season and make lasting memories with family and friends.

When it comes to dressing our kids for the bus stop, it’s time to bring out the sweaters and hoodies. Layering is key, as mornings will be cooler but afternoons might still be warmer. Long-sleeved shirts, sweaters or sweatshirts, and jackets should be enough to keep them comfortable throughout the day.

In addition to personal preparations, it’s also important to prepare our homes for fall. The Department of Energy recommends checking our home’s furnace, finding drafts, cleaning out ducts, changing outdoor light bulbs, and clearing out gutters. These tasks will help to ensure that our homes are cozy and efficient during the colder months.

As the weather starts to cool down, let’s embrace the changing season and make the necessary adjustments to fully enjoy all that fall has to offer. From bundling up in cozy layers to caring for our plants and preparing our homes, it’s time to embrace the arrival of colder weather and the beauty that it brings.

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