A cold front will move through the area later today.  Ahead of it we will be hot and humid with only a few showers. High temperatures will be in the upper 80s. The record high is 86 set back in 1999 and we will break that today! The cold front will stall along the coast tonight and an upper-level disturbance will move along it. This will spread showers and storms over our area starting this evening and continuing until sunrise Friday. A few storms could be strong with gusty winds. It will become breezy and cooler with lows in the upper 50s north and mid 60s south. 

Friday will start with a few lingering showers for the morning commute. Then it will be mostly cloudy, breezy, less humid and cooler with high temperatures only in the lower 70s. Friday night will be partly cloudy and cool with lows in the 50s north and 60s south. 

Easter Weekend: The cold front will retreat back north as a warm front on Saturday. Most of the day will be mostly cloudy with warm and more humid air moving back over us.  There will be scattered showers and storms developing during the afternoon and evening as the warm front moves north.  Some of the storms could be strong to severe.  The Storm Prediction Center has us in a Marginal Risk (Level 1 of 5). High temperatures will climb to around 80.  

A second cold front will move through on Easter Sunday. It will be a very warm and humid day with highs in the mid 80s. This will make the atmosphere very unstable and that will set off scattered showers and storms. Some of the storms could be strong to severe. We are in a Enhanced Risk (Level 3 of 5) for severe weather. It looks like we will have a line of storms moving through that could produce strong winds, hail and tornadoes.  Heavy rain is also likely with rain totals around 1 to 2 inches.  The forecast models are coming into better agreement with the timing of the cold front, but we could still see a few changes in the timing and strength of the storms over the next few days. Stay tuned for updates and have a severe weather plan should you need it this weekend!

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Detailed Forecast:

TODAY:

Sun/cloud mix, breezy, hot and humid. Record Highs: 89 - record 86 (1999). Wind W 8-15 mph.

TONIGHT:

Mostly cloudy and breezy with a 60% chance for showers and storms. Some downpours. Lows north: 58 and south: 64. Wind N 10-20 mph.

FRIDAY:

Rain end in the morning, then mostly cloudy, breezy, cooler and less humid. Highs: 72. 

SATURDAY

Mostly cloudy, breezy, warmer and more humid with a 70% chance for showers and storms. Some could be strong to severe late. Lows north: 54 and south: 62. Highs: 80.

SUNDAY - EASTER:

Mostly cloudy, windy, warm and humid with an 80% chance for showers and storms -  severe storms possible with heavy rain. Lows north: 70 and south: 72. Highs: 85.

MONDAY:

Partly cloudy, breezy, less humid and cooler. Lows north: 60 and south: 64. Highs: 79. 

TUESDAY:

Mostly cloudy, breezy, less humid and cooler with a 20% chance for showers. Lows north: 53 and south: 59. Highs: 74.

WEDNESDAY:

Partly cloudy, breezy and mild. Lows north: 50 and south: 59. Highs: 75.

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