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Forecast: Showers likely, thunder possible today, cool and damp weekend coming up

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Showers, possible t-shower. 66-70. | Tonight: Showers end early. 47-52. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, windy. 61-65. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Best to console yourself that pollen cleansing is a good thing as showers rule the day. Tomorrow is two steps forward, sunny, but one step back, windy. Our drought prone atmosphere seems to have abandoned us as more showers are likely, Saturdayand possibly Sunday. The cooler pattern is not done with us and some cold spots could start the last day of April off with light frost.


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Today (Thursday): Showers are very likely, a 90% chance. Rain amounts of up to a half inch benefit the flora but the fauna, not so much. A rumble is thunder is possible when the main batch comes throgh between the morning and midday hours and during a possible second round towards evening. Breezes of 10-15 mph shift from coming out of the southeast to the west. Despite the dampness highs still manage mid-60s to 70. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers should cease and desist early evening as brisk winds from the northwest make those upper 50s less comfortable. Skies clear and temperatures fall to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): A definite jacket day is on tap as winds are still coming from the northwest at 10-20 mph gusting to 30 mph. The sun is present but struggles with highs mainly in the lower 60s rather than the normal near 70 readings for this time of year. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Winds drop off quickly in the evening but so does the thermometer reading with mainly 50s. Clouds increase overnight but lows still fall to the 40s (lower burbs/upper city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is more March than April with highs struggling to get to the mid-to-upper 50s. The dense blanket of clouds is no great deal either. Those clouds should muster a few very light showers, enough to be a nuisance but not much help in the garden. The showers linger through the night with more productive amounts possible, making umbrellas a really good idea. Lows fall to the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday proves to be a tough call as some models want to hold showers over the area through the morning while others have clearing kicking in. Best bet is an early morning shower and clearing by mid-day. Clearing or not, highs manage a paltry upper 50s to lower 60s level. A clearing and chilly evening (50s) gives a great view of the brightest Venus that you will see in nearly a decade. Lows drop to the mid-30s northern suburbs to lower 40s downtown. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday.could dawn with a few frosty lawns in coldest spots, but in most areas, just a light dew. The skies are finally mostly sunny and the temperatures respond in kind with highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

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