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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 06/17/2008

Forecast: Storms, Heat Take Time Out

By Matt Rogers

Mother Nature is finally fed up with the heat and severe weather antics, so we will be seeing a "time out" from that sort of bad weather behavior at least for a short time. Today we benefit with cooler temperatures and lower humidities. Wednesday and Thursday though, we'll have to watch out for some pop-up showers and by the weekend, a touch of humidity and warming may sneak back here as well.

TODAY (TUESDAY)

Much better. Cooler, drier, sunny. Low 80s. Winds from the northwest at 10-20 mph will dry us out and promote a noticeable cool down. Skies will be mostly sunny with highs in the low 80s. You'll really enjoy the low humidity with dew points in the 50s.

A few clouds may pass through overnight with temperatures dipping into the lower 60s in the city and crisp mid to upper 50s in the surrounding suburbs.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

A few clouds and even cooler. Upper 70s. A dip in the jet stream and continued flow from the northwest will hold temperatures below average. Most spots will peak in the upper 70s although a few locations to the south could break 80. Low humidity levels will persist although an isolated shower or thunderstorm could develop during the late afternoon or evening, especially in the northern suburbs, due to an energetic wave rippling by and generating some instability.

Aside from any isolated thundershowers, Wednesday night will be partly cloudy. Lows should dip into 50s (suburbs) and some 60s (city).

A LOOK AHEAD

On Thursday, high temperatures range from the mid to upper 70s and drop into the 50s and lower 60s overnight. An isolated shower or two can't be ruled out. We should have similar temperatures Friday (maybe a few degrees warmer) with dry conditions likely prevailing. Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend shows just a slight hint of emerging trouble with the encroachment of humidity, some warmer temperatures (middle to upper 80s), and the possibility of a few thunderstorms. Let's hope Mother Nature decides to keep the bad weather grounded through the weekend though. Keep checking back here for more updates as the week progresses. Confidence: Medium

By Matt Rogers  | June 17, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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