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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/16/2011

Forecast: Still pleasant today, but heating up

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-60s to near 70. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Near 90. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We get another glimpse of just about the best the warm season has to offer around here before the high heat, humidity and haze of summer returns over the coming days, then likely builds throughout the week. On the positive side, we should see a good deal of sun throughout, with only a fairly small risk of showers and storms early in the week. Rather than look ahead toward all the heat on the way, let’s make the best of today!

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Today (Saturday): It’s at least one more fairly pleasant day before summer kicks back into full gear heading into the next week. With plenty of sunshine, highs should rise into the mid-and-upper 80s. Though the south wind has returned, it’s not yet pumping in a lot of moisture, so much or all of the day should be humidity-worry free. Confidence: High

Tonight: There could be a few clouds floating by, but it should be mainly clear on average. Humidity creeps up compared to recently, and lows respond by staying a bit higher, mostly in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): In concert with a surface high off the coast, the strengthening upper-level ridge over the central U.S. begins to impact us a little as well. Overall, it should be mostly sunny, though clouds may increase during the afternoon. Highs in the upper 80s to near 90 seem like a good bet. Humidity, while not yet oppressive, becomes more summer-like as well. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: It’s partly cloudy and increasingly muggy. The cooler nights are quickly becoming a memory by this point as lows only dip into the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

We start the week hot, but that’s probably better than the end of the week’s scorching. Anyway, Monday should feature partly sunny skies and temperatures heading for the mid-90s. We’re still on the periphery of the upper ridge, so a sneaky storm or set of storms could arrive late or into the night from the northwest. Odds don’t seem particularly high for that now, perhaps 20-30%. Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front falling apart to our north on Tuesday may provide additional cloudiness and shower/t’storm threats. If that happens, highs may be tempered slightly, but still in the low-to-mid 90s. Sunnier skies mean a day much like Monday is at hand. Odds of rain are higher though, 30-40%. Confidence: Medium

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