Updated Monday 4:10 p.m.
Gone are the 80s... and gone are the extended forecasts where 6-7 days show sun.
Now that autumn is here (or will be shortly, depending on when you read this) it's "spot the dry day on the extended forecast". The good news is that one 2014 summer tradition appears to be holding -- the drier periods are trending toward the weekend. But until we get there, autumn is saying hello in no uncertain terms.
A rather potent front is approaching that will bring a decent rainfall to the region. We're dry to begin tonight, but showers will be developing after midnight with lows around 50.
Tuesday will feature scattered showers through the day with showers increasing in frequency as we get into the afternoon and evening. Highs will be in the upper 60s.
The main cold front will sweep through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning and it's expected to bring a soaking rain to the tune of a half to full inch in the rain buckets. The bulk of the rain will fall in the midnight to daybreak period Wednesday morning so rain should be on the decrease for the morning commute, especially those who commute toward the end of rush hour, but we'll still see showers through the day -- although decreasing in the afternoon -- along with breezy winds and highs only in the mid-upper 60s.
Thursday and Friday will be a mix of showers and sunbreaks as a weak trough sorts of just hangs around the area. Highs will stay in the upper 60s.
The weekend is a bit of a wild card with some forecast models more excited about showers than others. The prevailing theme is for dry so we're leaning that way with sunshine and highs in the low 70s. Just have a little mental asterisk there that the sunshine isn't quite a slam dunk as, say, last weekend's sunshine was.
Long range models indicate showers return as the weekend ends. I suspect that will switch around to the traditional rainy weekends once we get more into the heart of autumn :)
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