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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/21/2010

PM Update: A warm kickoff to the weekend

By Ian Livingston

Weekend to bring cooler air, scattered showers/storms

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We've got just a few thin high clouds scooting by this afternoon during an otherwise mostly sunny day. Temperatures that quickly jumped this morning are now settling into the mid-and-upper 80s for highs, and the warm day is about to transition into a mild and excellent start to the weekend this evening. Saturday and Sunday promise the risk of some raindrops, but it should not be enough to destroy all plans.

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Through Tonight: Clouds continue to increase this evening -- however, we'll stay dry and warm. Temperatures falling into the upper 70s around sunset drop to lows ranging from the upper 50s in the cooler spots to the low 60s in the warm ones. Skies should be cloudy or headed there around sunrise.

Tomorrow (Saturday): A weak system approaches from the west during the day. The morning until around noon should just be cloudy and mild as temperatures rise into the 70s. A risk of showers, and possibly some storms, climbs during the afternoon through the evening then lasts into the night. Activity should be scattered and mainly light, though any storms that pop could bring briefly heavy rain. Highs top out in the mid-70s most spots with some upper 70s mixed in.

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By Ian Livingston  | May 21, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Overcast skies, huzzah! Anyone else happy to have these clouds as we approach 90 degrees in most spots? :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 21, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Clouds cut back the "broil in your car" factor for sure. I'm happy.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 21, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Still seems unusual...all this rain predicted for Sunday, but the forecast map appears to show HIGH PRESSURE building in from the east w. southeasterly flow.

What's the deal...does the marine flow somehow "trump" the apparent rise in atmospheric pressure? NWS Sterling is saying something about minor vort maxes in the easterly flow.

Betcha we see far less rain during the day Sunday than what we see Saturday night.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 21, 2010 11:28 PM | Report abuse

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