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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/27/2008

Forecast: Losing Paradise

By Capital Weather Gang

[11:15 a.m. update -- Cool flow from the northeast along with overcast skies will likely prevent afternoon highs from warming above the low 60s.]

By Brian Jackson, Guest Forecaster

Hopefully everyone got outside the last several days. The gorgeous weather that teased the region with early summer warmth now begins to fade. By tomorrow, 80 plus degrees will be but a memory as a cold front brings showers and storms followed by significantly below average temperatures Tuesday.

TODAY

Partly sunny with increasing clouds, 67-72. A weak ridge of high pressure in between cold fronts will keep us dry for much of the day. Morning peeks of sun will give way to increasing clouds, becoming overcast during the afternoon and evening hours, with a 30% chance of showers moving in around dusk. Highs will be around 70 degrees.

Overnight, a surface low passing to our west brings a good chance for rain to the area, especially for those further to the west. Rainfall amounts could reach up to a quarter of an inch in areas of steadier rain with about a tenth of an inch being the norm. Cloud cover and moist air will keep overnight temperatures in the mid 50s.

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week and see NatCast for predicted conditions for this afternoon's game...

TOMORROW

Showers and thunderstorms, 65-70. Bring your umbrella to work with you as Monday brings with it another cold front and a chance for some thunder as well. The sun may peek out in the morning hours but won't stay long as the front draws near. This front could pack a punch bringing with it showers and thunderstorms, and the possibility of some gusty winds accompanying them. Temperatures will reach the upper 60s.

Monday night the chance for lingering showers and thunderstorms continues but diminishes with time as most of the activity should be winding down by midnight. Otherwise expect mostly cloudy skies and temperatures dropping to the mid 40s.

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday we'll realize why cold fronts are called cold fronts as temperatures struggle to reach the 60 degree mark, a far cry from our recent warm spell. There will still be a small chance for a early morning shower, mostly to our north and east. Otherwise skies will be mostly cloudy, slowly clearing through the day. Highs will only reach the upper 50s in most places.Confidence: Medium-high

A ridge of high pressure will build in from the northwest on Wednesday and keep the skies mostly sunny. However, northwesterly flow keeps the temperatures down with highs in the low to mid 60s.Confidence: Medium-high

Brian Jackson earned his Master's degree in meteorology from Florida State University in August of 2007. He now works at the National Ice Center in Suitland, MD as a snow and sea ice analyst.

By Capital Weather Gang  | April 27, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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