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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/06/2011

Forecast: Chance of rain today into tonight, then turning hotter on Sunday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, p.m. showers and t’showers. 84-88. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chance of showers and t’showers. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Passing shower? Low-to-mid 90s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Usually a chance of rain on the weekend is not terribly welcome, but given that pretty much everyone east of the Appalachians could use some, this might be a different situation compared to normal. Whatever we get today and into tonight should still be scattered, meaning some spots may not see much. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that everyone’s gardens and all the greenery gets a nice little drink though – intermixed with some drier periods for outdoor time, of course!

Today (Saturday): Lots of clouds are around as a disturbance nears and eventually passes through. We should see periods of sun but they’ll help destabilize the atmosphere further, producing decent odds (50% chance) of showers and perhaps thundershowers. With lots of clouds highs probably reach the mid-80s, but with enough sun we hit the upper 80s or near 90. As is often the case, activity should end up somewhat hit-or-miss, with hopefully everyone hitting at least a little. Some areas may receive heavy downpours. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The threat (50% chance) of showers, potentially heavy, probably continues through the evening and maybe longer into the night. The further we get into the night should feature less in the way of rain though as the atmosphere settles down. It stays rather muggy and that helps keep temperatures mainly in the mid-and-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): A cold front passes through, but it actually ends up warmer behind it as we switch to a downsloping wind off the mountains and skies tend to clear. The timing of the front is somewhat in question, so some morning to midday or early afternoon showers are possible, but the best odds should be east of here. The temperature range is a bit uncertain due to timing of clearing, but mid-90s seem an easy target if sun arrives quick enough. Otherwise it may be nearer 90. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Expect partly cloudy skies and a bit less muggy conditions. That means temperatures could fall all the way to near 70 in the suburbs while sticking to the mid-70s downtown. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

For Monday and Tuesday, we continue with another bout of summer. But thankfully this one’s much shorter than the last. Mostly sunny skies help boost temperatures to the mid-to-upper 90s on Monday and there’s a slight chance of an afternoon storm or two. By Tuesday the heat should back off at least a bit, with highs reaching the low-to-mid 90s and again the outside threat of a late-day shower or storm. Confidence: Medium-High

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