Today: The ruling high pressure system will be migrating eastward and your sky will begin mostly clear with increasing clouds later in the day. You will also experience a bit of a warm up. Temperatures this afternoon should strike 64º. This is about ten degrees warmer than yesterday, but still below the seasonal average. Wind speeds are expected to lighten somewhat to the 10 mph zone later today with an occasional early morning speed still hovering around 15 mph. The wind will be coming from the east (indicative of the high pressure system on the move).
Tonight: Several things will be flowing into our region Thursday night. First the clouds and an overnight warming trend followed by a chance of rain showers near sunrise Friday morning. A mostly cloudy night is expected and our low temperatures will be rising to the upper 50's during the night. The wind speed will also continue to lighten a bit with an expected 5-10 mph. A weak wave of energy will push off the Gulf late tonight/early tomorrow. This first round of increasing instability in our atmosphere will begin a slightly unsettled weather trend into our weekend. Chance of rain showers moving inland during the overnight and early morning hours for Friday is increasing from 30% to 40%.
Friday: A mostly cloudy day is expected as the morning hours should have been under the influence of rain showers moving through the region off the Gulf. Most of the rain for this day should have ended by the afternoon hours. High temperature should settle near the 72º mark. A light easterly wind less than ten miles per hour is also expected.
Sat/Sun: Don't worry about the Saturday morning cloud coverage because the noon and afternoon hours should be ideal with more sunshine and warmer temperatures near the 75º. I will be out and about looking for holiday decorations! The above average warmth continues through the weekend and beginning of next week (near 80º for a few locations). The sky will return to a cloudy outlook Saturday night and continue as such through Monday. At this time the second round of rain chances look the best for the Sunday afternoon - Monday afternoon time frame.
Next week: Another strong cold front is expected to move through our area next Monday with the rain chances decreasing on that day for inland locations. Timing and strength on this next (potential) blast of winter are questionable right now. Wind speeds do look to be on the increase for the start of the week, mariners please take note. Cooler air will return Tuesday and Wednesday.