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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/01/2011

Forecast: A lone shower today, more raindrops possible for the holiday weekend

12:40 p.m. update: A (surprising and) decaying area of showers and thundershowers is pushing into the region from the northwest. Between about 1 and 4 p.m., some of those showers may make it into the immediate metro region, especially the northern suburbs. They shouldn’t last long or be particularly heavy - but carry an umbrella if you’re going to be out this afternoon.

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Temperatures are getting a little warm for my taste but all in all a very nice summer day.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. 84-88. | Tonight: Partly cloudy, isolated shower. 61-66. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, slightly more humid. 85-90. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Ah, the last hurrah of summer. This weekend should be a piece of cake compared to last week’s tropical deluge for us and beachgoers won’t have to flee! I‘ll speak more about the beach forecast at the end of this post. As we progress through the weekend, temperatures will be on the rise as will the humidity. But before we know it an autumn chill will be here so take advantage of the time outside in the summery air. Unfortunately, there may a few showers to deal with from Saturday while the main threat of potent storms is reserved for Sunday afternoon/evening.

Today (Thursday): [SEE UPDATE AT TOP OF POST] Clouds dot the sky during the morning but should disappear by the afternoon. Humidity is still plenty low which makes the rise in temperatures more palatable. A light breeze from the south is a nice touch. Highs reach the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies should start out clear and evening readings are accommodating with upper 70s to lower 80s. A few clouds move through late night with only a 10% chance of a sprinkle/shower. Overnight lows should end up in the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): Skies clear quickly and temperatures waste no time asserting themselves. A little more humidity is in the air but it is still quite pleasant. A few puffball clouds are likely in the afternoon with a light wind from the south to push them along. Highs range from the mid-80s to near 90 (oh no, not another one!). Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: There will be a sliver of a moon to enjoy in the evening sky and readings in the lower 80s accomodate all outdoor plans. A few clouds slide through but again the chance for a sprinkle is negligible. Overnight lows slip to the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

While a cold front takes shape to our north Saturday, forward progress is expected to be very slow and this could easily end up being the warmest day of the weekend. A few rogue thundershowers could try to spin off from the main front but chances are only 20%. Humidiy starts feeling more like the bad old days as moister air streams in ahead of the front. Highs should peak in the upper 80s to lower 90s. The evening is a warm one as well with 80s lingering. Lows hang up in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday sees the cold front to the north finally starting to make more headway. This means more clouds and thundershowers become increasingly likely as the day progresses, 30% morning, 50% afternoon and 70% evening. Some of these storms could be pretty strong so keep track of any warnings or advisories that might be issued. Highs should slip back a bit with mid-to-upper 80s most likely. Overnight lows range from the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

Labor Day could still start off thundery as this cold front has a bad case of the slows. Rain chances are 60% in the morning but should die out by afternoon. Just enough time to sneak in that last summer bbq. Highs only make the low-to-mid 80s. Look forward to a lovely end of summer sunset! Confidence: Medium

Beachcast: For those of you lucky enough to be beach bound it looks like a great one. Conditions should be nearly uniform from the North Carolina up to New Jersey. The main threat of rains is mainly Sunday afternoon through Monday so plan your beach time accordingly! The rest of the time should be mainly sunny and dry. Highs range from the low-to-mid 80s and lows in the mid-60s north to mid-70s south. Best beach day should be Saturday with warmest readings and most sun time. With the Monday thundershowers possible, please drive gently coming back!

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