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LOCAL 5 FORECAST: Cooler today, but an even bigger plunge arrives soon

Blustery winds look likely on both Thursday and Friday, signaling the arrival of below average temperatures.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Showers are gone after a wet night for some. Amounts were highest in western Iowa, but even parts of central Iowa picked up a third of an inch. Outside of some light, and very spotty, showers on Friday, the prospect for rain in the next week is low.

Sun will break through the clouds some today as the temperature drop begins. Afternoon highs will reach the mid 70s, which is still above average. It'll be a welcome respite from the unseasonable heat, though. A secondary cold front arrives on Thursday. This one will bring in some chillier air, as well as more wind. Gusts could get as high as 30-35 mph on Thursday and Friday.

Following low to mid 70s on Thursday, afternoon highs will struggle to get out of the 50s on Friday and Saturday. Overnight temperatures will fall to the 30s and low 40s this weekend. Frost looks possible on both Saturday and Sunday mornings, mainly north and west. This is dependent on cloud cover and overnight wind speeds. 

Temperatures should rebound by Sunday into next week, but daytime 60s and 70s seem to be the theme. Temperatures will still fall to the 40s and 50s each night, which is rather close to average for early October. 

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