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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Forecast: Fog fading, summerlike warmth into Friday, very wet weekend ahead

10:00 a.m. update: The dense fog advisory (per Twitter update below) has expired for most of the metro region, but extended until noon in Anne Arundel county and Baltimore. The fog, described by a forecaster at the National Weather Service as “some of the most widespread I’ve seen in years”, is gradually thinning. Skies will gradually brighten from west to east starting late this morning into the afternoon. High temperatures will be warmest in western (west of I-95) areas (76-81) and coolest in eastern (east of I-95) areas (71-76) where low clouds/fog linger.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: AM fog, then emerging sun, warm. 76-81. | Tonight: Mostly clear and calm. 53-58. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, increasing clouds late. 80-84. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

For the next two days, after bouts of morning fog, June-like weather in March resumes. Hard to complain if you are out and about in the evenings. However, you may complain this weekend as one big slow moving storm system moves right through our area. Saturday outdoor activities are likely to be soggy and Sunday does not look much better. There is the possibility of as much as two inches of rain. Even if we’re not thankul for it, our gardens will be.

Today (Thursday): Early morning commuters should use care as fog could cause visibility issues. However, the sun should win the battle today as the influx of marine air runs out of gas. A partly to mostly sunny afternoon with barely a breath of breeze allows highs to reach the upper 70s to 80 or so. Can’t entirely rule out an isolated shower popping up at some point, mainly south. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: This is the last chance to enjoy a starlit evening before the weekend cloudfest. Barely a rustle of a breeze makes the 70s quite comfortable. Lows manage to slip down to the normal level for highs this time of year with low-to-mid 50s in the suburbs and upper 50s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Fog - less widespread than the previous few days - is still a possibility. Then, sunny skies and a very light breeze from the southwest promote yet another summerlike day. Highs in the low-to-mid 80s are not as shocking as they should be!. By late in the day clouds should begin sneaking in from the west. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Clouds gradually thicken but showers are unlikely to arrive on the scene until after midnight. Plenty of time to get out and enjoy before umbrellas become a requirement. The chance for late night showers is 60%. Our cloudy blanket holds lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday looks like a good day to hunker down with a book or clean a closet! Showers should be frequent. The likelihood of a few embedded thunderhowers should result in occasional moderate-to-heavy downpours. The lack of winds does give umbrellas a fighting chance. Speaking of chances, rain is an 80% probability. Despite all the showers, highs should still reach the low-to-mid 70s. There is no rescue from the showers all night long. Lows slink down to the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is no improvement over Saturday. Temperatures are actually cooler and showers remain a constant threat. Rain chances are 70%. A stray thundershower is still a possibility but more rare than the day before. Highs should only make the mid-to-upper 60s. Showers are possible through the night. Lows slip to the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Monday should finally feature that big yellow orb again. The abundant sunshine struggles a bit today as a strong breeze out of the north counteracts warming. Highs reach the mid-to-upper 60s. Finally, we can take in the conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon in the southwestern evening sky. Enjoy. Confidence: Medium-High

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