MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) - In a month normally known for the first frost and a fall chill, we've started October with sunglasses and short sleeves.
Now in the second week of fall, temperatures now are more typical for early summer.
“Oh, it’s beautiful!” said Kevin McNabb from Monson.
People all over Monson were loving the possibility of watching the start of fall foliage while wearing shorts sleeves.
“I think it’s awesome. I just took a walk…got some mushrooms. Isn’t it beautiful? It’s great,”
said Rick Bissaillon from Monson
Roads across western Massachusetts were shimmering from this early October heat, with high temperatures that were almost 10 degrees warmer than average.
Normal high temperatures this time of year are in the upper 60s, but by noon we were already in the low to mid 70s in many communities in western Massachusetts. Certainly not normal for this time of year.
For temperatures this warm you can thank the jet stream, which is a area of fast moving winds high in the sky that separates cold air to the north and warm air to the south.
Right now the jet stream is pushed well north of western Massachusetts, keeping much cooler air in Canada and allowing us to warm up to near 80 degrees.
A huge contrast to the snow that we had during October not too long ago.
“We’re not used to this kind of weather. Two years ago we had that October storm. Let’s hope this continues, at least until the end of the month for sure,” said Cheryl Cheetham from Monson.
The weather is not only warm, but dry. Our last measurable rain was ten days ago.