High pressure will remain in control of the weather over the Capital Region today. High temperatures will increase a few more degrees compared to those of yesterday. All in all, a pleasant day is forecast with comfortable humidity levels, though during the afternoon a bit more mugginess may be noticeable.
A cold front is slowly approaching the region from the Great Lakes. An extensive cloud shield was noted in advance of this feature and extended as far eastward as portions of western New York State this morning. These clouds will advance eastward, and filter the sunshine this afternoon across the area. In addition, they will keep the temperatures from going into free fall after sunset. A warm and muggy night is forecast tonight, as clouds increase ahead of the system, and humidity levels creep upward. Though the clouds will increase in coverage across the skies this evening, rain and thunderstorms associated with the cold front look to hold off until midnight or after.
Sunday looks to be an unsettled day as lots of clouds and occasional showers and thunderstorms break out in advance of the cold front. Humid air will be over the region, and some of the rainfall may be locally heavy at times. Precipitation should slowly wane by later on Sunday night, and by Monday morning, after a few residual showers clear the region, a return to less humid and mostly sunny conditions are expected to start the work week. The fair weather persists through the early portions of the work week before another fast moving system approaches for the midweek period next week.
..Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity…
Today: Mostly sunny to start, with increasing high clouds during the afternoon. High 80-85. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH.
Tonight: Increasing clouds with a chance of showers and thunderstorms after midnight. Muggy. Low in the mid 60’s. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 50 percent.
Sunday: More clouds than sunshine and humid. Showers and thunderstorms likely, with locally heavy rainfall possible. High near 80. Southerly winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 80 percent.
Sunday Night: Showers and thunderstorms likely, with locally heavy rainfall possible. Muggy. Low near 65. Light southerly winds, becoming westerly late at night. Chance of rain is 70 percent.
Monday: A slight chance of a morning shower or thunderstorm, otherwise becoming mostly sunny and less humid. High 75-80. West winds 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 20 percent.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 80 and low near 60.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny with a 40 percent chance of afternoon showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 and low near 60.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. High near 80 and low near 65.
Friday: Mostly sunny. High near 80 and low near 60.
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