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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/07/2011

Forecast: A real spring day - mild and mainly sunny

Shower chances abound Friday into Saturday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. 68-72. | Tonight: Cloudy, showers by dawn. 46-49. | Tomorrow: Rainy, breezy. 51-55. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Here’s to one of the rarities, a perfectly spring day. Wish we could hold on to it a little longer but after today the umbrella should be kept close at hand into Saturday. I am not complaining, as after all, April showers bring May flowers. We will be discussing that later today in my biweekly garden blog. Although the showers chill us back below average for a couple of days, get ready for another surge of heat on Monday. 80s here we come...

Today (Thursday): Only an occasional band or two of clouds is expected to challenge the bright spring sun. Light breezes from the southwest allow readings to accelerate up to the lower 70s in nearly all areas. Winds shift to the northwest late in the day. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mild evening temperatures in the 60s are a dog walkers delight. Clouds slowly but surely increase but any showers are unlikely until the night is nearly over (40% chance). Winds pick up from the northeast at 5 to 15 mph and put a chill in the area with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through Monday...

Tomorrow (Friday): Even the earliest commuters are likely to have to deal with showers. Lights on, and slow down! Winds pick up during the day, coming from the east at 10-20 mph. Frequent showers (80% chance) all day put temperatures on the defensive with no better than low-to-mid 50s. The evening commute is unlikely to be any improvement over the morning one. Total rainfall potential is around 0.5-1”. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Showers diminish to occasional drizzle which just serves to make it feel that much chillier. Did you know we have been running five degrees below average for the past two weeks? Winds don’t give up easily, still coming from the east at 10-15 mph. Lows should slip to low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday starts out clammy with plenty of clouds and a few sprinkles possible. However, winds are going to be shifting slowly to come from the south and this should mark the end of the cool invasion. With a little luck the breezes get an assist from breaks in the clouds later in the day and we make a push for a high in the lower 60s. The evening is not bad with readings holding in the 50s. Lows should only reach the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday sees spring come back in full force with strengthening winds from the south and gradually clearing skies. The trick is just how fast those skies clear. If the clouds hold tough mid-to-upper 60s are it for highs. However, if clearing comes early it could end up a full 10 degrees warmer. Being the optimist, I am going for the mid-to-upper 70s! In any event, the evening is mild with at least 60s. Lows hold in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

Monday shows promise to be another 80+ day as winds pick up from the southwest ahead of a vigorous Midwest storm. The clouds from that system may show up by afternoon and hold highs in the upper 70s but who would complain? The cold front is not likely to arrive until after the evening commute - though a few storms develop out ahead of it late in the afternoon (20-30% chance). Look for a better chance of thundershowers at night (40-50% probability). We’ll have to watch whether any might become severe Confidence:Medium

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