Even though temperatures climbed into the upper-80s this afternoon, the lower dew point helped make it feel more pleasant. We can thank a large ridge of high pressure north of Bermuda for pumping in the drier air, and allowing us a very rare couple of dry, late-May days. Lows will still be rather mild, in the lower-70s for most of us tonight. Highs tomorrow are expected to climb into the upper-80s, although coastal communities will stay in the low- to mid-80s. By Friday, our ridge of high pressure begins breaking down a bit, allowing moisture to begin creeping back in during the afternoon. This could lead to a few scattered showers late in the day. Our forecast is currently at 30 percent coverage.
As a trough of low pressure digs out over the lower Mississippi River valley this weekend, our pattern will begin to favor shower and thunderstorm development. A lighter flow from the southwest will continue pumping in moisture. We've ramped up chances for showers and a few storms and have a 30 percent to 40 percent coverage from Saturday through next Wednesday.
Some of the rainfall next week could be locally heavy at times. We'll monitor the situation and continue tweaking the forecast as this next round of rainfall gets a little closer. Daytime highs are forecast to remain in the upper-80s to around 90 into next week, with lows in the low-70s.
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