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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011

Forecast: Headed nicer, but slight shower risk and somewhat windy today

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny & windy, possible p.m. shower. Around 70. | Tonight: Decreasing wind, clearing. 40s. | Tomorrow: Bright & pleasant! Low-to-mid 70s. | Sunday: Variable clouds, but dry. Mid-70s to near 80. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Hang tight for one last transition day today and we’ll have a pretty stellar weekend. Today’s windy conditions and potential shower or two won’t make it great, but hey at least it isn’t as muggy and we’re not under a tornado watch! High temperatures head upwards from near 70 today to potentially 80 on Sunday & Monday. Our next batch of showers could make it in here very late Sunday ahead of our next cold front that ushers in another potential period of storminess. Hopefully by Tuesday we begin to slowly clear, and slowly calm again — as temperatures cool down, perhaps below 70. Hope you can get outdoors in the meantime!


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Today (Friday): Winds from the west could be a story today. Behind our cold front which spawned all those violent storms, dry air is being ushered in from the west at 10-15 mph. Gusts up to 25 mph this afternoon could get your attention. At least sunshine dominates a good portion of the day; however, a small disturbance may move through in the afternoon, sparking perhaps a shower (25% chance), and increased cloudiness. Back to the positive: afternoon highs should likely be around 70 degrees. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Luckily the winds should slowly diminish as the night progresses. They blow from the northwest at up to 15 mph, then begin to calm after midnight. Skies should nearly fully clear back off from any cloudiness the disturbance caused. Temperatures in this our new, drier airmass could quickly drop, so dress in layers. Evening temperatures fall through the 60s, toward 50 by midnight. Just before dawn, lows should bottom in the 40s region-wide. Confidence: Medium-High

How long do we have until the next storm-laden cold front? Find out when...

Tomorrow (Saturday): I will reiterate other CWG team encouragement to get outdoors. Breezes should be light and pleasant. Skies look to be clear and sunny, air un-humid, and temperatures warm--in the low-to-mid 70s. Please, please, lather on some SPF 30+ sunscreen if out between 10am-4pm. Conditions look perfect for unfiltered UV levels that may approach “extreme” levels.. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies remain mostly if not fully clear with temperatures again falling quicker than we’ve been getting used to, of late. Dinner time in the 60s, heads into the pre-dawn temperature range of upper 40s-lower 50s. Not coat weather, but light jacket weather perhaps! Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Might be a tiny bit less sunny than Saturday, but still pretty great. Partly-to-mostly sunny conditions contribute to even-warmer temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80. Breezes should stay light, out of the south. Yes that wind direction is what typically brings us conditions that are more muggy... and yes humidity may increase, but nowhere near oppressive. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night becomes a bit tricky. I have highest confidence when it comes to mild low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s; however, showers may threaten along with a bit of thunder. We’ll keep you posted. As of now I would peg showers happening at about 20% chance. This means not all that many of you readers would get wet. Confidence: Low

Monday is when it becomes even more apparent we have a cold front on approach. Despite considerable cloudiness, it will feel mild with muggier highs in the mid-to-upper 70s (perhaps 80 with enough sunshine). Chances for showers and thunderstorms increase into the 50-60% range. As we get closer, we’ll notify you on how strong any storms might be. Timing is also just a bit up in the air, but the evening commute could be wet, as it appears now. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday could be sunny, drier, less muggy but it isn’t quite clear yet if the cold front moves through quickly and cleanly by daytime. Temperatures should be slightly cooler but in a wide range of potential highs from mid-60s to mid-70s. Clouds do threaten to stick around — if they clear, we could hit the upper part of that range. At least humidity levels again slowly be decrease. Only problem is another potential round of showers and thunderstorms (30%) — but with a lower chance of widespread, strong activity as compared to Monday. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/29/2011

 
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