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Josh Larson @ 8:00 AM

While remaining mostly sunny and mild, temperatures (as well as humidity levels) over the next several days will drop noticeably from where they've been for the first few days of this week. We'll look for slightly below normal temperatures and DRY weather over the next 5-7 days and then warmer temperatures and increasing chances for precipitation as we head into the latter part of next week.


Forecast Confidence: HighClouds & sun. Expect a changeable blend of clouds and sun during the course of the day today, with the remote chance of an afternoon sprinkle in a few spots; the vast majority of the area will remain dry. Look for noticeably less-warm temperatures in the mid to upper 60s for highs, with overnight lows from the upper 40s to low 50s.


Forecast Confidence: MediumSunny & pleasant. We'll have mostly sunny skies on Friday with quite pleasant afternoon highs in the upper 60s under only modest (read:comfortable) humidity levels. Mostly clear and crisp overnight Friday with lows ranging from the mid 40s across the coolest burbs to low 50s downtown.

The Weekend

For Confidence: High-Very HighAbundant sunshine & dry! Look for near-perfect early May weather this weekend, with temperatures just a few degrees below our "normals" for this time of year, with an abundance of sunshine and little to no chance for precipitation either Saturday or Sunday. Both days will feature afternoon highs in the upper 60s to near 70 with a touch-chilly overnight lows from the mid 40s across the cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown. Bring it!

Pattern Overview

The weather over the coming 5+ days will be dominated by a ridge of high pressure sitting just to our west, which will allow for general northwesterly flow aloft for our area, which -- in turn -- will lead to abundant sunshine and dry weather through at least next Monday; temperatures, too, will be just a notch or two below normal during this period. There is some indication that by late Tuesday or Wednesday of next week, the flow will become more southwesterly, which might very well allow for increasing temperatures and humidity levels as well as an enhanced risk for precipitation.

Pictured above: the GFS forecast model's representation of the jet stream pattern (at 300mb) for this upcoming weekend; note that the ridge to our west will allow for generally NW flow over our region.


Next week's forecast
Forecast highs/lows: 76/59 (normal = 73/54)
Forecast precip: Near-normal

Forecast Confidence: High-Very HighWe'll look for continued mostly sunny weather on Monday, with highs into the lower 70s and overnight lows primarily in the low to mid 50s. Expect a blend of clouds and sun on Tuesday with somewhat milder temperatures likely creeping into the mid to upper 70s; there's a slight chance for a late day shower or thunderstorm. Wednesday through Friday looks potentially warmer and more humid with 50/50 chances of (predominately afternoon or evening) showers and thunderstorms each day. Expect highs to range from the mid 70s to low 80s, with overnight lows in the mid 50s to lower 60s during this time frame.

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