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Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 05/24/2012

PM Update: Scattered thunderstorms threaten into this evening, then big warm-up begins

Enough surges of sunshine have jettisoned temperatures higher than yesterday, into the low 80s across much of the area this afternoon. So far, thunderstorm activity is far more muted than yesterday afternoon and evening, but we are still running a 40% risk of storms through evening. The warming trend continues into tomorrow with the potential for a few scattered storms ahead of a hot holiday weekend that should feature fewer storms, but even more humidity.

Through Tonight: We’re partly cloudy with thunderstorm chances around 40% through evening, then dropping off overnight. After a warm evening in the 70s, overnight lows drop into the 60s with light breezes from the south.

Tomorrow (Friday): The launch of the holiday weekend will be one of the warmest days we’ve seen in a while with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. Skies are mixed overall, but partly sunny most of the time with light winds from the south again. A 20% chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm remains.

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Tropical Storm Beryl? The National Hurricane Center is getting more interested in a tropical system in the northwest Caribbean. Conditions may become more favorable for development this weekend when it moves off the Southeast coastline (like last weekend’s Alberto). If it becomes a tropical storm, it will be Beryl. No major threats to land are expected as of now besides the potential for heavy rain over Florida and along parts of the Southeast coast. But we’ll keep you updated.

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