Forecast: Showery start to warm week
FORECAST IN DETAIL
We've now reached the point in spring when cold fronts come through, high temperatures don't always take a big hit. For example, the cold front passing through the region today (responsible for the rainy forecast) won't markedly drop temperatures tomorrow. In fact, for much of the week we'll see daytime highs at or above 80. Not until late in the weekend will a cold front pack enough of a punch to drop highs back into the 70s or cooler.
Today (Monday): Showers are likely today, with an embedded thunderstorm possible as well. The best chance of rain will be this morning (60-70% chance), although a few showers and t'storms could pop up later this afternoon. In between periods of rain, the sun may briefly make an appearance, warming temperatures into the low 80s or so. We'll have a wind from the southwest at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Skies partially clear overnight behind the cold front. As winds become from the northwest (at 5-10 mph), it turns cooler and less humid with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s in the cooler suburbs to the low 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the week...
Tomorrow (Tuesday): Much improved over today. We should have a mix of clouds and sunshine and lower humidity. An upper level disturbance *could* trigger an isolated p.m. shower (less than 20% chance) but the models have been backing away from that idea. Highs should be right around 80. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: High pressure builds into the region, clearing our skies. It will be a pleasantly cool overnight period, with lows dipping to around 50 in the cooler suburbs to the upper 50s downtown. Definitely a night to consider shutting down the A/C and opening the windows. Confidence: Medium-High
Nice weather settles in for both Wednesday and Thursday. Expect lots of sunshine and comfortably warm afternoon temperatures. Highs should be in the low 80s Wednesday moderating to the mid-80s Thursday when there may be a touch of humidity. Overnight lows should range from the 50s (suburbs) to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High
A cold front pushes towards the region on Friday, likely triggering some showers and t'storms in the afternoon. Before the front arrives, there will probably be enough sunshine to boost temperatures into the 80s. Showers and thunderstorms should continue into Friday night, with lows around 60. Confidence: Medium
Cooler air filters into the region for the weekend. After a slight chance of showers Saturday morning, it should become partly sunny with highs in the 70s. Sunday has the potential to be a beautiful day with sunshine and 70s after overnight lows in the 50s (40s in the suburbs?). Confidence: Medium
| May 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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