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Today was the warmest days in 6 months (since it was 91 on October 6), as highs crested in the upper 70s to near 80.  A cold front with a batch of showers and storms rolls through the region tonight, setting up a close to a ideal weekend in its wake.

Through Tonight: Showers and possibly the rumble of thunder cruise into the area between 5 and 8 p.m. – first in our northwest suburbs (between 5 and 6:30 p.m.)  and into the District and points east and southeast (between 6-8 p.m.).  It’s rainy (80 percent chance) through around 11 p.m. or midnight, and then rain chances diminish quickly after midnight to below 30 percent.  Rainfall potential is around 0.25-0.5″. Lows range from the mid-40s in our cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown.  Winds are light from the west and southwest at 5-10 mph, though a bit gustier than that this evening as showers first approach.

The weekend: This is the fun part of the forecast.  Both days look tremendous.  For those of you who prefer slightly cooler conditions, Saturday’s your day, with highs near 70 under mostly sunny skies.  Grab a light jacket if you’re headed out Saturday night with lows ranging from the low 40s in our cooler suburbs to near 50 downtown. Sunday is the day for warm weather fans, with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs near 80.  You may, however, notice a southerly breeze kicking up, sometimes gusting to around 20 mph.

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Pollen: Yes, it’s ramping up.  The tree count this morning was 412 grains per cubic meter, which is HIGH and nearly double Thursday’s count.

Cherry blossom photos: The beautiful images continue to stream in. Here are some more from today, the second day of our peak bloom period…

April 10, 2014 (Marie Sbrocca)
April 10, 2014 (Marie Sbrocca)
April 10, 2014 (John Hanus)
April 10, 2014 (Jan Hanus)