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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/24/2008

Forecast: Dry and Warm Doldrums

By Brian Jackson

Rainy change on the horizon?

By Brian Jackson

While it's more of the same dry weather today, we may find some meaningful rain in our future. Tropical moisture, from the remnants of Fay, will likely hitch a ride along some upper level winds and head our way Wednesday into Thursday. Before this happens, outside of a slight chance of showers Monday, expect partly cloudy skies and temperatures mostly in the mid 80s.

TODAY(SUNDAY)

A mix of clouds and sun. 85-88. Our dry stretch of weather won't end this weekend. However, higher humidity levels will make a brief return to the area today as southerly winds pull in some moisture from the backside of Fay. We will still see a fair amount of sunwith some passing higher clouds throughout the day. Afternoon highs will top out in the upper 80s. Winds will blow lightly from the south at 5-10 mph.

Overnight, temps will stay a little warmer than we have been. The higher dew points and increasing clouds mean temperatures won't drop quite as far. Still, we'll cool off into the upper 60s in the metro area and to around 65 in the suburbs. Winds will continue out of the south dropping to near 5 mph.

Keep reading for the forecast through the middle of next week.

TOMORROW(MONDAY)

Some needed showers possible. 84-87. Our first chance of rain in more than a week arrives tomorrow afternoon from cold front dropping in from the north. Still, the ingredients for rain aren't mixing well over our region and coverage should be scattered at best. We'll be mostly cloudy with shower and thunderstorm chances just 30%. Afternoon highs should reach the mid 80s. Winds will be out of the west-southwest at 5-10 mph.

Monday night, any shower activity will quickly subside and we'll be left with mostly cloudy conditions. Overnight lows will drop into the mid 60s and winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

A LOOK AHEAD

A return to what has become the norm for us lately occurs on Tuesday with pleasant but dry weather. Skies will only be partly cloudy as the front stalls just to our south, and temperatures will reach the lower 80s. Tuesday night, the stalled front could (20% chance) begin to tap into the leftover moisture from Fay and we could squeeze out a few showers by Wednesday morning. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday and Thursday brings the best chance for those water droplets from the sky many of us have forgotten about. Tropical moisture combines with the stalled cold front to give us a decent shot, 40%, at some rain showers both days. It's too early to know whether rainfall amounts will be light or heavy. Considerable cloud cover should hold high temperature to around 80. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | August 24, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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