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5 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago May 03, 2016 May 3, 2016 Tuesday, May 03 2016 May 03, 2016 6:05 AM in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather

A transitional day is ahead. Shifting northwesterly winds are drying the air mass signaling the arrival of a quiet pattern for the next several days.


Today and Tonight: As a cold front moves south of the area, a lingering cloud deck will slowly break from northwest to southeast. If there is a leftover shower, it will be limited to coastal locations. Sunshine is expected to break out during the afternoon. Breezes that have turned northwesterly will nudge humidity out of the area and afternoon highs will top out in the upper 70s. Overnight, skies will continue to clear with lows in the upper 50s.

Up Next: Wednesday through Friday will bring mostly clear skies with highs near 80 degrees and lows in the mid to upper 50s. Outdoor plans are looking much better for the upcoming weekend with sunshine and highs in the low 80s.   


Forecast Discussion:  An upper level trough will dig into the Southeastern United States on Tuesday. This will guide a slow-moving surface cold front deeper into the Gulf of Mexico—the same that has plagued the region with rain since Saturday. As the front exits, a spotty shower may try to hang on, especially for coastal areas. Then, a surface high pressure in the Midwest will bring northerly winds and a cooler, drier air mass for the middle of the week. The trough will be in place through Thursday with the high nudging toward the Gulf Coast by the weekend. Thus, a reinforcing front is pegged to brush by ahead of the high keeping cooler than average temperatures around into Saturday. Normal highs and lows this time of year are in the mid 80s and low 60s; expect low 80s and upper 50s. Mainly clear skies are expected Wednesday through Saturday. The next rain holds off until next Monday or Tuesday, at the earliest.    


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