A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

9/10: Partly to mostly sunny and comfortably warm. Plus one just for being you, Friday.


Today: Partly to mostly sunny, warmer. Highs: 73-78
Tonight: Increasing clouds, rain arrives toward midnight. Lows: 53-58
Tomorrow: Rain, becoming scattered showers late. Much cooler. Highs: 57-62


Fridays can’t get much sweeter than what we’ve got in store for today. The sun and low-humidity warmth will inspire plenty of positive thoughts. Mother Nature’s dark intentions return late tonight and Saturday, though, as rain moves in and falls quite hard for some of us. At least it becomes more showery late Saturday, with scattered showers still possible on Sunday and Monday. A slight chance of showers may carry over into Tuesday, but it should turn warmer and feel more like late spring.

Today (Friday): We’ve got a beautiful start to the day with mostly sunny skies and morning temperatures in the 50s climbing into the 60s and reaching to around 70 by lunchtime. The balance of the afternoon is mostly sunny, though a few clouds will build overhead mid-to-late afternoon. Highs top off in the mid- to upper 70s. Winds are from the southeast at around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds increase quickly this evening and our far southwestern suburbs should see rain the earliest, perhaps before 8 p.m. Rain looks to overspread the metro area toward midnight and continues through the overnight hours. Lows fall into a small range thanks to the widespread clouds and rain, settling into the mid- and upper 50s. Winds remain out of the southeast at around 5 mph.  Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): It’s simply not a great – or even decent – day to be outdoors. Expect a steady rain throughout the morning and perhaps into the early to mid-afternoon period. The heavier rain totals will be seen in our southern and eastern suburbs, where between one and one-and-a-half inches should fall. More moderate, but still substantial, rainfall amounts between one-half and one inch are probable for the immediate metro area. The steady rain tapers off to showers as the afternoon wears on and coverage of wet weather becomes more scattered. Rain-cooled highs in the upper 50s to low 60s are forecast. In addition to the rain, winds out of the northeast at 10-15 mph help it feel pretty miserable. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Most of us carry the threat of scattered showers into Saturday evening. Low pressure pulls well away from the area further along in the evening, so shower chances greatly diminish late Saturday night and we should be dry in the early morning hours of Sunday. Temperatures fall to 50-55. Winds are from the north at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday should be dry across much of the area in the morning, though we can’t rule out a widely scattered shower or a few sprinkles. The afternoon is partly to mostly cloudy with a greater chance for scattered showers, say 40-50 percent. Thankfully, not everyone will see showers and it won’t be a washout, and we’ll be about 10 degrees warmer with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Not much change will be felt or seen Monday, as trailing energy continues moving across the area. This energy combines with daytime warming to develop scattered showers, mainly in the afternoon and early evening periods. Shower chances are a little lower, but remain worth mentioning at 30-40 percent. It should be partly to mostly cloudy with highs stuck in the same below-average range between the upper 60s and low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Shower chances continue to decrease on Tuesday, but hang in there at 20-30 percent. We could see more sun overall, though partly to mostly sunny is as optimistic as I can be from this far out. Highs should be warmer in the mid- to upper 70s. Confidence: Medium