A ridge of high pressure extended from the Quebec and Ontario border in Canada, south and east to near Cape Cod this morning. Meanwhile, further south, a stationary boundary was draped from the North Carolina coast, north and west, into the upper Midwest. Clouds associated with the boundary were undercutting the southern periphery of the ridge of high pressure, and were filtering the sunshine across the Capital Region this morning. This trend is expected to continue today, as the high pressure retreats northeast, away from the region. Temperatures are expected to top out near seasonal levels today with a light southerly breeze.
Clouds will be on the increase overnight tonight, as a wave of low pressure forms along the stationary boundary listed above, and causes the boundary to slowly lift back to the north as a warm front. As the boundary makes slow northward progress through the day on Sunday, the Capital Region will see quite a bit more in the way of cloud cover, and the increasing threat of some showers, especially later on Sunday and into Sunday evening.
The frontal system looks to stall to our north to open up the work week. This leaves the Capital Region in a rather warm, muggy, and relatively unsettled weather pattern for the bulk of the work week. In general, afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms will be scattered about each day Monday through at least Thursday. A strong cold front finally passes through the region Thursday night and early Friday, allowing a ridge of high pressure to rebuild into the region to close the work week into next weekend. Temperatures, after residing in the above normal category most of the work week, will retreat back to more seasonable levels by week’s end next week.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Partly to mostly sunny. High near 75. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Increasing clouds. Low 50-55. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH.
Sunday: More clouds than sunshine with a chance of showers during the afternoon. High near 70. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Sunday Night: Overcast and mild with a chance of showers, and maybe a thunderstorm. Low near 55. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Monday: A chance of showers in the morning. Otherwise becoming partly sunny, warm, and a bit muggy. There is the chance of a shower or thunderstorm during the afternoon. High near 80. Southwest winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 40 percent both in the morning and the afternoon.
Tuesday: Partly sunny and mild with a 30 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. High near 85 and low near 60.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy and mild with a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 and low near 60.
Thursday: Partly sunny and mild with a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 and low near 60.
Friday: A 30 percent chance of morning showers, otherwise becoming partly sunny. High near 75 and low near 55.
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