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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/20/2010

PM Update: Basking in wonderful warmth

By Ian Livingston

Great Friday; mild weekend with showers possible

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We're into the time of year that when sun shines temperatures are usually warm -- today was no exception. After several days of cool and cloudy, I'll count myself among those enjoying this turn of events. Highs are now reaching near 80 and into the lower 80s with only a cloud or two in an otherwise crystal clear sky. This evening will be pretty awesome, so get outdoors if possible. You may want to consider taking the day off tomorrow as well...

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Through Tonight: If you've been waiting for a really nice evening, this is it. Under mostly clear skies, temperatures settle toward the mid-70s around sunset before heading to overnight lows mid-50s in the cool spots to near 60 downtown. Light winds from the west won't be an issue.

Tomorrow (Friday): We're looking at a near-perfect (perhaps bordering on a bit too warm for some) end to the work week on Friday. It will be another day with plenty of sunshine and temperatures soaring above average. Most spots should be approaching 80 by lunchtime on the way to afternoon highs in the mid-and-upper 80s.

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More warmth coming? After today and tomorrow, we step back down closer to average this weekend with the risk of some showers and/or storms. But indications are that next week could feature a return to conditions than can sustain daytime highs in the 80s. High pressure is expected to develop off the northeast coast and build back to the west, helping create conditions favorable for a warm period. Interestingly enough, the models are also pointing to some sort of tropical-hybrid storm off the southeast coast around that time.

By Ian Livingston  | May 20, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Gorgeous afternoon! Anyone have plans?? :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 20, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Nats game!

Posted by: bgaffney491 | May 20, 2010 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Harvesting lettuce crop & more digging in the dirt.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 20, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

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