Before you add "heat exhaustion" to your list of Halloween dangers, take another look at this weekend's weather forecast.
The Columbus area lately has had more unseasonably hot, muggy days than the slasher flick "Friday the 13th" has sequels, but finally The End is near: Daily highs in the 70s and nightly lows in the 40s are lurking just around the corner.
Tonight's low: 47 degrees, says the National Weather Service. The high Friday: 72 degrees. The low that night: 43 degrees.
Then comes Saturday, the day local governments are telling parents to take their kids trick-or-treating and local night spots are hosting costume contests. The forecast: Sunny with a high of 73 degrees and a clear night with a low of 45. Columbus suggests children age 11 and younger trick-or-treat 6-9 p.m. and Phenix City and Fort Benning recommend 6-8 p.m. The Broadway Spooktacular in downtown Columbus will be 5-7 p.m.
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On Sunday the weather warms up again, but not as warm as the high 80s the area has been having. Here's the long-range forecast:
Sunny Sunday, high 78; clear that night, low 56.
Sunny Monday, again with a high of 78; mostly cloudy that night, low 58.
Partly sunny Tuesday, high 73, 20-percent chance of rain; mostly cloudy that night, low 45.
Partly sunny Wednesday, high 67.