While we have had a few freezing cold mornings this week, most of the SouthCoast still hasn't experienced a true hard frost yet. We have all been waiting and hoping for that first hard frost so that it would kill off the threat of mosquitos carrying the EEE virus.

In an ideal world, the SouthCoast would be hit with one night of sub-freezing temperatures, followed by unusually warm temperatures to take us up to Thanksgiving and beyond. This would really help out high school athletics, which are still encouraged to finish up outdoor practice before dusk.

Now that the clocks have been turned back, it has become even more difficult to get all of our outdoor activities finished 30 minutes prior to sundown.

While most mosquitos have died off, we have been repeatedly reminded by the Massachusetts Department of Health that we are not truly out of the woods until the SouthCoast experiences our first hard frost, which comes when the temperatures dip to 28 degrees or lower for a number of hours across a wide area of the region.

We spoke with the Department of Health as late as today. They told us that they would no longer be updating the EEE risk map any longer on their website. Instead, the public can refer to a detailed, low temperature map which shows which areas have experienced a hard frost.

Most of our region is expected to experience sub-28-degree weather on Thursday night into Friday, which should mercifully put an end to this EEE season.

This is the first season in which the Department of Health has teamed up with Cornell University to closely monitor temperatures across the state.

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