Very warm Thursday afternoon, showers return near sunset

Forecast

More showers on the way tomorrow night...

THIS EVENING: Cloudy and Damp, Rain Ends. Temperatures in the 50s. Winds: E 5-15 mph.

TONIGHT: Clouds & Fog. Lo 52. Winds: SE 5-10 mph.

THURSDAY: Partly Sunny, Warm, Evening Showers. Hi 75. Winds: S 5-15 mph.

FRIDAY: Morning Showers, Windy and Mild. Hi 75. Winds: W 5-15 mph.

Rain has been slow to exit for far eastern areas. On average much of the area received a half inch of rain, but some higher totals did get close to an inch of rain. The good soaking rain has been wrapping up for this evening and we will dry out more later this evening and overnight. Conditions stay relatively mild with lows in the low-50s.

Tomorrow morning begins cloudy and damp thanks to the trapped leftover moisture in the air from today’s rain. Winds will gradually shift direction, and while it may take some time, we do expect sunshine to break back out at times for Thursday afternoon. Some places may even see periods of clear, blue sky before clouds return to the region. Another round of clouds may bring a few showers or thunderstorms after 5 PM tomorrow evening. Thunderstorms are possible because temperatures may soar to the mid-70s as a strongly southerly flow heads our way ahead of the next area of rain!

By mid-morning Friday, drier air will move in and temperatures should briefly climb into the 70s again before a cool down Friday evening. It will turn quite windy Friday too behind the front so prepare for gusty conditions that could linger into Friday night. Gusts could be as high as 40-50 mph! There are definitely a lot of moving pieces to this forecast as we see multiple air masses moving in and out of the Commonwealth.

Behind the front, it will turn cooler for the weekend but cooler is relative as highs will remain well above normal. Saturday looks to be the dry day of the two as the next area of low pressure will bring showers by Sunday. It will turn noticeably cooler (and windy again!) by next Monday. Enjoy the warmth and enjoy the rain too…we do need some! It’s been a dry month.

-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso

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