Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

5
Not terrible, but with the clouds and showers around it’s middle-of-the-road at best.

Express Forecast

Today: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers. Highs: Near 70 to low 70s.

Tonight: Cloudy with a chance of fog/drizzle. Low-to-mid 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy, warmer. 40% chance of mainly p.m. showers/storms. Near 80 to low 80s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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Around here we learned long ago to take the good with the bad when it comes to the weather.  Keep that in mind today and into the week. The good is that our lawns and flowers have daily opportunities to get wet. The bad is that I don’t think we’ll be giving out any perfect 10s the next few days.  After a cloudy and potentially showery end to our weekend, temperatures are on the rise, and with that so are thunderstorm chances. In fact, by midweek it’s suddenly summer-like as highs reach the mid-80s to near 90 with that risk of showers and storms.

Today (Sunday): It’s not what comes to mind when we mention a picture-perfect spring day. Early fog and/or drizzle give way to a 60% chance of occasional showers through the day, perhaps an afternoon thundershower. Not a total soaker, as we should feature dry periods as well, but it’s definitely not picnic weather. We need the raindrops to keep everything green around here, so we’ll just grin and bear it.  Temperatures reach highs near 70 to the low 70s with light winds from the southeast around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Shower chances decrease as the night wears on but we’ll still have to watch for some fog/drizzle until sunrise.  I use “sunrise” loosely as it’s well hidden behind a cloudy sky.  A light wind from the south-southeast continues overnight and that, combined with the cloudiness, keeps temperatures from falling too much.  Overnight lows only dip to the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Monday): Change is in the air Monday as winds turn more from the south-southwest and the cool-ish marine air from the weekend turns more summer-like.  We should see a break in the showers during the morning, and maybe even breaks in the clouds, before we face a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly in the afternoon.  Skies are partly to mostly cloudy, and with highs near 80 to the low 80s and dew points in the 60s, we’ll start to get that more humid summer feel. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Shower chances diminish during the evening and especially overnight. We could once again see a few areas of patchy fog.  Otherwise, it’s mostly cloudy with lows in the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Looks like we could break into some sun on Tuesday, which combined with a warming breeze from the south-southwest sends highs at least to the mid-80s, maybe near 90. But with all the moisture in the air, too much sun could be self-defeating and only serve to energize the atmosphere, leading to increased afternoon clouds and a 40% chance of afternoon or evening showers and thunderstorms. Shower chances decrease during the overnight, which feels a bit stale with rather humid air and lows only dropping to around 70. Confidence: Medium

The air mass remains mild and moist on Wednesday. So once again we’re looking at a warm day with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 80s, and a decent chance (40% as of now) for showers and thunderstorms. Confidence: Low-Medium