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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Forecast: Warm today and warmer tomorrow, then cooler into the weekend

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. A bit breezy. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 40s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Shower late? Upper 60s to near 70. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today and tomorrow are keepers in my weather book and probably yours too, unless you’re not a fan of mostly to partly sunny skies and highs in the 60s to near 70? Thursday night into Friday interrupts the fun with clouds and a decent chance of showers. We’re dry and cooler to start the weekend, but can’t say with much confidence how we end it. What we can say is that overall, it seems meteorological spring is picking up where meteorological winter left off - rather warm with only minor cool downs.

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Today (Wednesday): Great day! Mostly sunny skies and mild breezes from the south/southwest (10-15 mph) send temperatures into the mid-50s to near 60 by lunchtime, and into the low-to-mid 60s for afternoon highs. Confidence: High

Tonight: The evening’s a pleasant one with temperatures slipping into the 50s. Overnight lows are well above average, in the 40s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Even better than today! We lose some in the way of sun - we’ll call it partly sunny. But we make up for it with warmer highs in the upper 60s to near 70, thanks to breezes around 15 mph pumping in more warm air from the south/southwest. Small chance (about 20%) of a late-afternoon shower as a cold front to our west gets closer. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: An approaching cold front increases shower chances to 40-50%. We’re on the warm side of the front through much of the night, at least the way it looks now, which would mean very mild lows from near 50 to the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday features a fair amount of forecast uncertainty. The front may hang out close enough to give us clouds and a chance of showers through much of the day, or it may move off in time for clearing skies by mid-to-late morning. Either way highs are cooler than Thursday, but should get to the mid-50s to the low 60s. Friday night turns breezy and colder behind the front with lows from near 30 to the mid-30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend starts off on a mostly sunny but chillier note. Upper 40s to low 50s is about the best we can do for Saturday highs. Confidence: Medium-High

We should stay dry Saturday night as the clocks spring forward and lows dip to the 30s. Then on Sunday model uncertainty rears its ugly head once again, with the main question being whether low pressure to our southwest gets close enough to give us some showers. Highs could be anywhere from the upper 40s in a cloudier/rainier scenario, to low 60s in a sunnier/drier one. [11:30 a.m. Update: For Sunday, models are trending toward the sunnier/drier scenario.] Confidence:Low

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