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Pleasant Temperatures Over the Next Week
But Rainy, Unsettled Weather Fri/Sat?

Josh Larson @ 9:30 AM

After what felt like endless August-seeming heat and humidity for much of this month so far (Sep 1-10 was 6 degrees warmer than normal), we are finally entering a pattern that will feature noticeably cooler, less humid weather along with continued generally dry weather (with the exception of tomorrow into Saturday).


Nice Day StampMostly sunny. Expect mostly sunny and comfortable conditions today -- very similar to yesterday's weather -- with highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Clear (and not as cool as last night) tonight, with lows ranging from near 60 across the 'burbs to the mid 60s downtown.


Forecast Confidence: MediumDownhill. An approaching cold front and area of low pressure will interact to bring overcast skies and breezy conditions to the area on Friday with scattered showers and thundershowers, mostly during the second half of the day; highs will near 80. Scattered showers may very well linger during the overnight period Friday, with mild lows in the mid to upper 60s.

The Weekend

Confidence: High-Very HighConditions improving. Expect somewhat unsettled conditions on Saturday following the passage of the cold front, with variably cloudy skies (and some peaks of sun) along with a slight chance of a stray shower, especially during the first part of the day. We'll see cooler afternoon highs in the mid 70s. Becoming mostly clear and cooler Saturday night, with crisp lows from the upper 40s across the coolest suburbs to the mid 50s downtown.

Sunday looks simply spendid, with abundant sunshine, low humidity levels and refreshing afternoon highs only in the low 70s (close to 10 degrees below average!). Clear and crisp once again Sunday night with lows primarily in the low to mid 50s.

Pattern/Tropical Overview

After we get through tomorrow and Saturday's potentially wet, unsettled weather, we'll enter into a period of very quiet and comfortable weather as high pressure will be firmly in control from Sunday through at least the middle of next week. Let's take a look at the tropics since the weather around here will be so, thankfully, benign. In the western Gulf of Mexico we have Hurricane Storm Humberto, which will make landfall along coastal eastern Texas today. We are also watching a tropical depression way out in the Atlantic which will likely strengthen into a tropical storm or hurricane in the coming few days; any potential effects to the continental U.S. are about a week away.

Above: a current view of activity in the tropics; courtesy


Next week's forecast
Forecast highs/lows: 78/62 (normal = 78/61)
Forecast precip: Below-normal

With high pressure firmly in control during the first half of next week, we're likely going to see very nice early-fall weather. I expect mostly sunny skies Monday through Wednesday with high temperatures near average and in the upper 70s, along with mostly clear nights with overnight lows ranging from the mid 50s across the coolest suburbs to the low to mid 60s downtown. From this far vantage point, Thursday's forecast calls for and increase in clouds and temperatures, with a chance of scattered showers and highs in the low 80s. For Friday, we may see clearing and slightly cooler temperatures once again.

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