Warmer and drier
While last Monday we we're setting up to soak, this go around we're looking ahead to unseasonably warm afternoon and no threat for rain until mid-week.
Today and Tonight: Skies will feature lots of blue and sun with nothing more than a thin, high cloud deck. High temperatures will climb nearly 10° above average with many locations topping out in the low 80s. Not much will happen overnight either, lows will also be 10° above average in the low 60s with a passing cloud or two.
Looking Ahead: Tuesday will end up very similar to Monday with partly sunny skies and warm temperatures before some changes begin on Wednesday. A front will settle into the region serving as the precipice of more unsettled weather right into the weekend. This front will aid the development of much more cloud cover along with scattered showers and thunderstorms through Saturday. No washouts are expected and there does not appear to be any kind of severe weather threat at this time. Temperatures will fall back a bit due to the rain and clouds with highs easing back through the 70s but lows will stay near 60°.
Forecast Discussion: High pressure is placed over the region with the upper level flow ridged into the Gulf South. The two will combine for a pair of days with well above average temperatures. Expecting a pair of highs in the low 80s where low 70s are more typical for Mid-March. By Wednesday, a shortwave trough cutting through the southern stream of the jet stream will move into the area as a weakening front will slip in as well. Meanwhile, a Pacific low pressure and front will develop to our west. With the two systems nearby, a chance of showers and thunderstorms will exist late Wednesday. The northern front will dissipate while the Pacific low and front will end up stalling over the area. This will provide a forcing mechanism to keep shower chances in play through Saturday. As the front is kicked through late week/early weekend, there could be a period of rain and overcast skies before we revert back to sunshine and 70s.
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