PM Update: Stellar day turns showery overnight; could be a messy commute tomorrow a.m.

What a day! Highs mainly in the upper 60s to near 70 are just about average for the high this time of year. A breeze from the west and northwest has been occasionally gusty, but nothing too problematic. If you did not get much chance to spend time outdoors earlier, the evening promises to deliver as well. Any rain should hold off until late tonight and into tomorrow.

Through Tonight: Clouds are on the increase as the night wears on, and we introduce a chance of showers by around midnight. Precipitation odds increase toward likely prior to or around sunrise, as a solid area of showers and maybe a few rumbles works in from the west. Lows should range from the upper 40s to mid-50s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): The steadiest rain of the event may unfortunately coincide with the morning commute. There could be heavier areas of showers and thundershowers embedded as well. We should lose the widespread activity by the midday though, and any activity during the afternoon appears isolated and light. With increased afternoon sunshine, high temperatures still range from the mid-60s to near 70. If we see enough sun, perhaps even a bit milder.

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Heat moves east: Heat that’s been plaguing parts of the southwest the past few days has continued to shift east and today it’s pounding parts of west Texas and Oklahoma. Widespread 100-degree readings are occurring this afternoon in the aforementioned areas, with Lubbock, and Midland, Tx. already coming in with their hottest day ever in April at 101.

Pollen update: Trees are HIGH at 175 grains/cubic meter, up from 167 yesterday. Grasses and mold are LOW.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.

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