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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 06/18/2008

Forecast: Weather Improves on Some Counts

By Dan Stillman

Cooler for now; warming up this weekend

What we deserve -- after dealing with severe storms, then heat, then more severe storms -- is a stretch of clear skies, comfortable temperatures, low humidity and no rain. I can deliver on a couple of those, namely comfy temps and low humidity over the next few days. But we'll also see periods of clouds and occasional chances of showers or isolated thunderstorms. Temperatures and humidity creep up again for the weekend.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

Partly sunny. Isolated p.m. shower or storm. Upper 70s. Like yesterday, temperatures will be comfortably cool for June, with highs in the upper 70s and a breeze from the west around 15 mph. Some energy moving through in the upper atmosphere makes the cloud forecast kinda tricky, but my guess is we'll see more sun than clouds in the morning and more clouds than sun in the afternoon, along with the chance of a couple isolated showers and stray thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

Overnight, partly cloudy with lows near 60 downtown, mid 50s in the burbs.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

Partly sunny. Isolated p.m. shower or storm. Mid to upper 70s. Tomorrow is looking a lot like today -- a mix of sun and clouds with highs in the mid to upper 70s, and maybe a passing shower or isolated thunderstorm in the afternoon or evening. Winds should be light, from the northwest around 5-10 mph. Overnight, partly cloudy with lows in the low 60s downtown, mid 50s in the suburbs.

A LOOK AHEAD

Not much changes for Friday, except maybe a few degrees warmer. Highs should make it to the upper 70s to near 80 under partly sunny skies and, yes, a passing afternoon or evening shower or thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium-High

For the weekend, a flow from the south will likely warm temperatures to highs well into the 80s both Saturday and Sunday. Humidity will also be on the rise, which combined with the warmer air and partial sunshine could certainly, but by no means definitely, fuel a couple late-day thunderstorms each day. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | June 18, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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