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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

onward and upward... (pm.22.mar.16)>

Tuesday's stats:

Low temp: 48.7F (9.3C)
High temp: 65.6F (18.7C)
Rainfall: none

For the second evening in a row we're dealing with 100% clear skies at sunset.  Sunshine was the main player again today, with only the most feeble cumulus development for a couple of hours during the afternoon.  Temperatures continue their upward climb -- again rising a degree or two higher than expectations -- while humidity stays close to 30%.

Today's temps were actually very close to normal for this stage of March, but it looks like we'll be rising well above normal as we head into the latter part of the week.  A high pressure ridge is only just now beginning to develop across west into northwest India, which will allow warmer air to surge northward.  We've got to keep an eye on some high cloud development, but this dramatically warming air mass should be able to present us with the highest temps of the season and the year between tomorrow (Wed) and Friday.  Unless the sun gets completely shut out by high clouds, we should definitely be surpassing the 70ºF (21ºC) mark by Thursday.

Unseasonably warm temps will stay with us into Saturday, but a moderately potent upper-level system will push in from the west over the weekend, increasing our risk of some shower and thunderstorm action.  Right now it would appear that the best chances of rain will come between Saturday evening and early Monday morning, as we cool off a few degrees.

Check out the forecast details for Holi and Easter on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above.