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PM Update: String of nice days concludes; cloudy Tuesday, rain at night

What a run! We’ve had exactly a week of highs from around 70 to around 80 with partly to entirely sunny skies and just a trace of rain. Now it’s back to reality with increasing clouds and the return of rain chances. Despite the lowering and thickening clouds, we may actually eke out a decent day tomorrow before the first drops fall, most likely at night.

Through Tonight: A very pleasant and mild evening, so if you want to enjoy dining outside without a jacket or a summer-like stroll, get it in. Mostly high clouds fill the sky for the first half of the night before low and mid-level clouds start to work in towards mornings. Lows range from near 60 downtown to the mid-50s in the cooler suburbs.

Tuesday: Perhaps there’s a little sun in the morning, but skies should completely cloud over by lunch. During the late afternoon, I can’t rule out a shower or spinkle (30% chance), but we likely remain dry during the daylight hours. Highs are in the low-to-mid 70s.

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Florida rain/wind: Over the weekend and into today, a hybrid storm with some tropical and non-tropical characteristics formed around Florida. As much as 5-10 inches of rain fell along the central Florida Coast. meteorologist Jeff Masters reports Melbourne received 5.68” of rain Saturday (second wettest October day on record) and sustained winds reached 38 mph in St. Augustine airport (with gusts to 52 mph). There were some reports of wind gusts of over 70 mph in Brevard county. Some of the moisture from this system (but not much of the wind) will work north towards the mid-Atlantic tomorrow into Wednesday. The Weather Channel’s Stu Ostro believes a tropical storm did, in fact, form. Read his discussion.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.


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