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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/19/2010

PM Update: Clouds on their way out!

By Ian Livingston

Pretty sweet Thursday and Friday; weekend rain chance

* Breezy May evening on the Mall | 2010 on track for warmest year *
* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall *

We're finally climbing out of the cool and gloomy weather of recently, and a few spots have even seen a hint or two of sunshine today. Highs are still below average, ranging from near 60 into the mid-60s this afternoon most spots. But by tomorrow, we'll see sun return and temperatures rise back near and above normal levels for this time of year. Nice weather continues through Friday before clouds and a risk of rain return for the weekend.

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Through Tonight: Skies remain mostly cloudy through this evening and there is a slight risk of an isolated shower, though most spots will stay dry. As we head through the night skies will begin to clear and by morning we should be partly cloudy (or heading mostly clear). Lows fall to near 50 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-or-upper 50s downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): That big ball of glowing gas known as the sun returns to our skies tomorrow, and temperatures respond by warming above what we've seen since late last week. Average highs are now in the mid-70s across the area -- we look to surpass that on Thursday with readings rising to near 80 or into the lower 80s. A light north wind should add a pleasant feel to the air.

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High risk of severe: After 29 preliminary reports of tornadoes yesterday, the threat shifts east into the heart of Oklahoma today. There is a high risk of severe weather across the state -- a rather rare occurrence in a given year, but one of multiple so far this season. As the event unfolds, KOCO will live broadcast online and you can view programming on their Web site.

By Ian Livingston  | May 19, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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This is just like February all over again....low-pressure systems moving into the area and taking forever to move on, because of blocking N and E of the region. Only this time, I'm all for it......the clouds, this time of year, keep out heat and humidity.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 19, 2010 9:49 PM | Report abuse

I disagree with MMCarhelp...I'm sick & tired of this continual depressing raw cloudiness...and of continuing to mess with long-sleeved shirts, which should be spending the bulk of the summer in my closet by now...when will we get some warm weather???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 20, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Come on, Bombo. Come July/August's heat and humidity and that persistant Bermuda high, and you'll appreciate every cool, cloudy day and back-door cold front you can get. For (most) people, there is one word that describes the Bermuda High, in this region, between May and September......miserable. Heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.

And I know you dance a lot. Do you want to come out of the dance hall, already working up a sweat, and have to deal with more mugginess outside?

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 20, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

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