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Cloudy, damp and cool. That was today in a nutshell, and aptly describes the next few days. We’ll turn up the “damp” part most of all heading through tomorrow, as rain that was pretty hit or miss today increases in coverage and intensity overnight tonight and into Tuesday.

Through Tonight: While we’re solidly stuck in the gray and damp (drizzly mist is possible when it’s not raining) through the night, rainfall should not be particularly intense in our immediate area. However, showers become likely after midnight. The heaviest wants to remain southwest and south through the pre-dawn hours, but possibly creeping in better by sunrise. Lows dip to the low-to-mid 50s.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Tuesday features more in the way of showers, with near 100% odds, though it could still be scattered at times and may still focus on the southern and western parts of the area. Rainfall totals of about 0.25-0.50″ are possible during the day.  Highs shoot for the low-and-mid 60s most spots.

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National Arboretum on April 28, 2013. (John J. Young via Flickr)

Fire weather: Cooler and showery weather over California has helped bring large fires under growing control. A Ventura County blaze that grew to more than 28,000 acres is now 80% contained. There is some concern that new fires will be sparked by lightning, thanks to very cold air aloft from a storm system somewhat similar (although weaker) than the one impacting this area and to the south.

Pollen update: Tree pollen is high at 143 grains per cubic meter of air. Grass pollen is moderate (high locally) at 6.7 grains per cubic meter. All other pollens are low.