April came to an end yesterday and will go into the books as a very dry month locally with rainfall almost two inches below the monthly average. Temperatures ran just about normal for the month. May will start off with much the same weather that April ended with. Mild afternoons, cool nights and no appreciable rain in sight through this weekend and perhaps into early next week. Meanwhile, locations in the Rockies and northern Plains will be battling winter weather again as we enjoy a continuation of pleasant spring conditions. As has been the case over the past several days the sea breeze will keep temperatures cooler right along the immediate coast.
High pressure has been anchored offshore and will remain fairly stationary for many days to come. This is a strong and persistent ridge that will continue to keep us storm free. We do have to look north later Thursday as a cold front will swing down from the Canadian Maritimes bringing us cooler temperatures Friday and Saturday, especially along the coast. Friday could be a breezy and chilly day along the shore. There will be an increase in clouds by Thursday afternoon and a spot shower or two could move through the interior late afternoon or evening. Most areas probably stay dry. Otherwise, high pressure remains in control through the weekend and temperatures begin to moderate a bit on Sunday.
With the dry conditions comes the concern for brush fires. The good news is that the winds are expected to remain light, with the exception being Friday. Although there are no fire weather warnings posted by the National Weather Service the dry conditions do lend itself to the possibility of a few brush fires through this weekend and beyond.
Finally, pollen levels will remain high through this period with no appreciable rain in sight.
Five Day Outlook:
Wednesday: Sunny and pleasant. High temperatures 68 to 73 degrees inland to 57 to 63 on the coast. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday night: A few clouds early, otherwise mostly clear and cool. Lows 37 to 42, coolest away from the coast. Light and variable winds.
Thursday: Sunny in the morning, becoming partly cloudy in the afternoon. Slight chance of a sprinkle or shower well inland. Highs 66 to 71 inland to 56 to 62 on the coast. Light northwest winds shift to east and northeast 8 to 18 mph during the afternoon.
Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Slight chance of a sprinkle well inland. Cool, lows 40 to 44. Northeast winds 5 to 10 mph.
Friday: Mostly sunny, cooler and breezy. Highs 58 to 62 inland, 53 to 57 on the coast. Northeast winds could gust to 20 to 25 mph along the coast.
Friday night through Saturday night: Mainly clear skies. Lows 39 to 44, coolest inland. Highs on Saturday 56 to 62, coolest along the coast.
Sunday: Sunny and milder. Highs near 70, cooler along the coast.