Forecast: Very warm through tomorrow
Chance of gusty storms late tonight/tomorrow
Today: Very warm and variably cloudy. 76-80 | Tonight: Risk of thunderstorms late. Very mild. 60-65. | Tomorrow: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Quite mild. 74-78. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
Originally posted at 5:00 a.m., updated at 10:30 a.m.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Yesterday's breezy weather, tormented sky, and flying leaves were a sure reminder that autumn is all about change. And seemingly like politics, change is a constant this time of year. The weather today into tomorrow yields more of the same unsettled feel with frequently re-arranged sky conditions, and warm breezes. Late tonight into tomorrow, gusty showers and even strong thunderstorms increase in likelihood as a potent cold front approaches. Behind the front, a more late autumn atmosphere arrives with much cooler and drier weather to end the week.
Today (Tuesday): Today finds us inside of a very large warm air mass that envelops the eastern half of the nation. Winds from the south pump in the mild conditions pushing our high temperatures higher than yesterday. Look for mid-to-upper 70s and perhaps even a few 80-degree readings. The sky conditions are variable like yesterday with a chance of morning fog, and then intervals of sun. So bring those sunglasses as you may occasionally need them. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Showers and even a strong thunderstorm is possible, especially late at night (50-60% chance) as the remnants of squall line from the Ohio Valley heads into the region. Warm winds coupled with the mostly cloudy skies bolster low temperatures. Amazingly, temperatures should not get below the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the Halloween weekend...
Tomorrow (Wednesday): Showers and even some thunderstorms arrive as a major cold front pushes through the area. A final push of warm air ahead of the front boosts highs well into the 70s despite clouds covering most of the sky most of the day. Winds from the south shift to arriving from the west by afternoon, perhaps getting gusty toward evening. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Evening showers are possible (30% chance). Breezy conditions kick in as a new flow from the west and then northwest return a cooler air mass to our region. Lows should drop into the cooler 50s. Confidence: Medium
Thursday could see some lingering morning clouds before partly to mostly sunny skies arrive in the afternoon. While turning cooler, the core of the cooler Canadian air mass is not fully in place yet. Therefore, we should be able to enjoy highs in the low 70s with breezy conditions from the west and northwest. You'll probably notice the change in weather more by Thursday night when lows drop into the 40s in the city with upper 30s possible in the outer suburbs under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium
Friday plays the opposite of today with high temperatures probably cooler than Wednesday's lows! That means highs in the upper 50s in the suburbs and probably low 60s in the city. The good news is that we should at least have lots of sunshine around to offset the much cooler air mass. This cool air mass means business Friday night under partly cloudy to clear skies and calming winds. Lows could dip into the 30s in many areas with scattered suburban frost potential.
The Halloween weekend feels more like late autumn with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s and 40s. Partly to mostly sunny skies are favored to dominate so you can see the colorful foliage. Halloween late afternoon and evening looks like good weather right now. We still see a slight risk of a disturbance that could offer some light showers, but the thinking right now is that we'll remain on the dry and pleasant side. The kids could get cool though, so dress them up in warmer costumes (i.e. probably not Lady Gaga). Confidence: Low-Medium
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