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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011

Forecast: Some showers to end the week

Rains today bring slight pollen reprieve

10:10 a.m. update: After a few showers passed through this morning, most of the rain is focusing north of the area. It appears this trend will generally continue, so rainfall totals are likely to be lower than forecast. Showers to the west are still headed toward the region, and the best odds of rain should be later in the day into the evening, with northern parts of the area still favored. Because of less rain, and even a little sun, highs range from near 50 to the mid-50s.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Periodic rain. Raw, breezy. Upper 40s to lower 50s. | Tonight: Cloudy, showers possible. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tomorrow: Some clearing, shower? Upper 50s to lower 60s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Spectacular? 70-78. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

If you can make it through a rainy Friday and gloomy Friday night, tomorrow begins a dose of sunnier and warmer conditions. As skies clear Saturday -- hopefully by afternoon -- temperatures could go as high as the lower 60s. Sunday’s even warmer, if all the clouds clear early and southerly winds continue to boost the temperatures. Enjoy that final day of the weekend, and what looks like mild air into the week!


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Today (Friday): Low pressure brings periodic rain, probably by the morning commute unfortunately. Over the course of the day, we have a nearly 100% chance of showers moving through the area in a few periodic bands -- perhaps focused on the midday. Breezes pick up, out of the east and off the ocean and bay -- around 10 or 15 mph. Temperatures will be lucky to hit 50 -- lower 50s might be optimistic, except for spots south of town. Rain should total up to around a half an inch, especially over the northern parts of the area. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Periodic rain may continue into the evening before becoming showery overnight. After midnight it may be more of a drizzle. But the whole time, despite decreasing rain intensity, that raw easterly wind continues at around 10-15 mph. Temperatures slowly edge their way down a few degrees toward pre-dawn lows in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): The day starts out fairly dank and bone-chilling with essentially overcast skies. A shower or two can’t be ruled out either. High temperatures are in question, based on how long clouds hang tight over the region, and when a potential wind shift occurs from the east over to the south. If we see warmth transported on said southerly winds sooner in the afternoon than it currently appears, we could hit the lower 60s without trouble! But clouds may hang tight along with that easterly breeze through a good portion of the day -- and that would keep temperatures more muted, in the upper 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: Things calm down a bit with only a slight and diminishing risk of a shower. Temperatures only slowly fall, because of cloudy skies assisting in insulating us here on the ground. Pre-dawn temperatures hover around 50. A few spots with breaks in the clouds could see upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: It should be pretty spectacular and may warrant issuing a Nice Day Stamp! Skies will gradually get rid of the clouds and breezes feel warm, out of the south. Though they could gust a little, to perhaps 20 mph. Assuming that the clouds are thin and we’re mainly clear by midday, temperatures should head toward the mid-to-upper 70s. However, should we not see as many breaks in the clouds as currently expected -- look for readings near 70 or a bit above. Yet, that isn’t terrible, right? Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night should be pleasant if eating outside al fresco! Temperatures remain remarkably mild, with ultimate lows before sunrise still likely to be in the 60-65 degree range! The few clouds around shouldn’t produce showers, but they probably help keep-in our lower atmosphere’s heat content. Like a blanket over the region. Confidence: Medium

On Monday, we have another blast of super spring warmth. Somewhat gusty southerly breezes ahead of the next cold front usher temperatures up past the 80 degree mark. Sunshine should be plentiful, but the odds of showers and storms increase headed toward evening. If we get enough sunshine, temperatures may catapult toward the mid-and-upper 80s! Storms may be a risk into the overnight depending on front speed, so keep that in mind for late outdoor plans. Storms could potentially be strong to severe, not unlike last last week’s line of storms that produced a weak tornado in the region. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Tuesday, skies should be clearing, but a fresh air mass with some Canadian tinge could keep temperatures slightly cooler, in the upper 60s to around 70 degrees. Slowly as we head into late spring and summer, these cold fronts will have less and less truly-cold air to work with. The jet stream is beginning its seasonal trek northward, well into Canada (but not fully there yet!). Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  |  05:00 AM ET, 04/08/2011

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