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Still feeling like summer today; mild weather continues into the weekend

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High temps in the lower 80s today

A warm air mass remains planted in the region today, setting the stage for yet another comfortable, summer-like day in the area even as we cruise through the middle portion of the last full week in September. Abundant sunshine and a more pronounced southerly breeze will help temperatures reach the lower 80s which is more than ten degrees warmer than the seasonal average.

Thursday showers

A few showers and isolated thunderstorms will develop late tonight and early Thursday morning as a storm system and cold front will be approaching from the northwest. We'll have peeks of sunshine between the showers early in the day with brighter sunshine by mid-afternoon and early evening as the showers move on to the east. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the mid-70s with a slight southerly breeze. Although we could use a decent soaking shower with current rainfall deficits running more than an inch for the month and year overall, we're expecting just a few hundredths of an inch.

A warm start to the weekend

Another surge of warmth will come on Friday as a gusty south breeze coupled with sunny skies to help temperatures reach the lower 80s by the afternoon hours. The mild air will hold on heading into Saturday, but increasing cloud cover and some scattered showers will offset that warmer air, keeping temperatures in the 60s for the morning hours with highs in the mid-70s by the mid-afternoon. As it stands right now, showers Saturday will be widely scattered starting in the late morning and continuing into the afternoon.

Cooler by Sunday

Slightly cooler air will trickle into the region for Sunday behind Saturday's cold front with plenty of sunshine and a slight northwest breeze in the area. High temperatures Sunday will be in the upper 60s which is typical for late September standards.

Cool, unsettled next week

Yet another cold front will make its way into the region for next Monday, bringing additional rain chances to the area by the late morning and most of the afternoon. A few showers may wrap around that storm system next Tuesday keeping skies somewhat overcast and working with a gusty breeze to keep temperatures rather cool. High temperatures for the first part of next week will b in the lower 60s. We'll have some upper 50s and lower 60s for high temperatures beyond that, even as skies clear off and brighten up with sunnier, drier weather.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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