August Exits Quietly, Nice Start To September

1:38AM

High pressure will continue to be the dominant player in the weather during the next several days as the quiet weather continues for the last day of August and the early days of September. Nice weather will carry into a good part of the Labor Day Weekend.

Boston Area Forecast…

TODAY: Mostly sunny. High 80-85 but cooling back through the 70s along the coast in the afternoon. Wind NW 5-15 MPH shifting to E during the afternoon.

TONIGHT: Partly cloudy. Low 55-60. Wind light E.

THURSDAY: Sun mixed with clouds. High 75-80. Wind E under 10 MPH shifting to S.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 59. High 76.

SATURDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 57. High 80.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Low 61. High 81.

MONDAY – LABOR DAY: Chance of showers. Low 63. High 79.

TUESDAY: Partly sunny. Low 55. High 69.

A Period Of Calm

9:14PM

Short and sweet tonight. High pressure dominates most of this week with fair weather being the rule. Weak fronts pass by later Wednesday and sometime early in Labor Day Weekend, based on current timing.

In the tropics, a new system is organizing far out in the Atlantic and is many days away from being any potential threat to land areas.

Forecast for the Boston Area…

TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 55-60 coast and Boston, 50-55 elsewhere. Wind NW under 10 MPH.

TUESDAY: Mostly sunny. High 80-85. Wind W up to 10 MPH.

TUESDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 55-60. Wind SW 5-10 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. High 78-83. Wind W 5-15 MPH shifting to N.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 59. High 80.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 61. High 79.

SATURDAY: Variably cloudy. Chance of showers late. Low  62. High 83.

SUNDAY: Partly sunny. Chance of showers early. Low 62. High 81.

MONDAY – LABOR DAY: Partly cloudy. Low 55. High 77.

Irene Post Mortem / The Week Ahead

11:50PM

Irene thoughts and summary… Though the storm itself has departed, other than leftover gusty winds tonight, Irene is not done impacting the region. There are many people that have perceived this storm to be lame, or wimpy, and that may be at least partly due to the media’s overall message that doom was descending upon all of us. Call it what you will, or blame who you will. I am not really looking to editorialize on this blog. The facts are, though some areas did see tree damage and coastal flooding, a large part of eastern New England dodged a bullet, not including the nearly half million that lost  power during the storm, many of whom are still without and may be for another day to few days. Peak wind gusts were about as expected in eastern areas, 45-75 MPH (a little stronger in some of the higher elevations such as Blue Hill in Milton, which gusted just over 80 MPH). There were swaths of the Boston area that largely escape the strongest winds, with their peak gusts landing in the lower range above. Again, these are the lucky ones. West of the storm track, which was across far western New England, was where the real trouble was. Some of you may have seen some of the pictures out of VT and parts of NH tonight. The flooding there is very serious, and in some places very damaging, due to the heavy rainfall that was forecast to fall and did fall to the west of the storm’s path. Significant impact was also seen in the Mid Atlantic down to eastern North Carolina. The death toll from the storm is around 20 (don’t have an official number as of the writing of this).

Elsewhere in the tropics… With Irene in the main picture today, Tropical Storm Jose formed almost unnoticed near Bermuda today, but this weak storm will remain over water as it moves to the north and will never be a factor in the weather along the US East Coast. A new very organized tropical wave that came off Africa has been passing south of the Cape Verde Islands in the same region that Irene formed, and will likely become the next named system (Katia) early this coming week, but will be over far open ocean for many days to come.

What’s coming up this week in the Boston area? The gusty winds of tonight will be diminishing toward morning but there will still be some breezy conditions into the day Monday between the departing Irene and a high pressure area moving in. Expect a much drier, bright day Monday. Nice weather should rule on Tuesday as well but we may see some clouds as a weak disturbance slides north of the region. Another high pressure area builds in Wednesday with nice weather. We then close the book on August.

As September begins, it looks like high pressure will be in general control for at least the first couple days of the month Thursday & Friday. It’s a bit early to really be focusing on Labor Day Weekend at this time, so I’ll take a stab at it briefly on the extended outlook, but don’t pay much attention. We’ll handle the forecast for the final holiday weekend of summer 2011 as we get to midweek.

I hope everybody that has suffered some kind of impact and misfortune from Irene can recover quickly.

The forecast for the Boston area for the week ahead…

OVERNIGHT: Clearing. Cooler and drier. Low 55-60. Wind W 15-30 MPH with higher gusts, diminishing toward dawn.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and dry. High 80-85. Wind W 10-20 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Mild and dry. Low 60-65. Wind SW 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Partly cloudy. Mild and dry. High 77-82. Wind SW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 59. High 80.

THURSDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 61. High 82.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 62. High 80.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 64. High 84.

SUNDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 63. High 81.

Boston Area Forecast Update

7:50PM

TONIGHT: Breaking clouds followed by complete clearing. Humid. Low 65-7o. Wind W 15-35 MPH with stronger gusts possible over higher elevations, diminishing overnight.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and less humid. High 80-85. Wind W 10-20 MPH.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 58-63. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Sunny. High 74-79. Wind NW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 65. High 84

Irene – Sunday Afternoon Update

2:50PM

Tropical Storm Irene’s center is moving NNE across west central MA at this time. Top sustained winds near the center, probably above the ground, are near 60 MPH. Widespread strong and gusty winds continue quite some distance from the center of the storm. Some heavy rain continues on the north and west side of the storm while much of the rain has ended to the south and east. Irene will continue NNE to NE into and across northern New England through tonight and be exiting North America via the Canadian Maritimes on Monday.

What to expect from here on…

Rain: The heaviest rain is over. Just lingering showers and some drizzle are left. River flooding will continue in parts of western MA. Any poor drainage flooding to the east has subsided for the most part.

Wind: Mostly in the 20-40 MPH range from here on, shifting from south to west over eastern areas, and mostly from the west to northwest over western areas. Gusts to or above 50 MPH are still possible in exposed higher elevations and open coastal areas. Additional tree damage is still possible.

Storm Surge: This evening’s high tide may still produce storm surge up to 4 or 5 feet in the bay areas of the South Coast. Eastern coastal areas will have just minor splashover due to rough surf.

Tornadoes: The threat of these is over.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

REMAINDER OF AFTERNOON: Mostly cloudy. Periods of showers and some drizzle. Brief episodes of sun are possible, especially southeast of Boston. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE to SW, trending more SW to W, 20-40 MPH with higher gusts.

TONIGHT: Breaking clouds followed by complete clearing. Humid. Low 65-7o. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH, still may reach around 50 MPH over exposed higher elevations, diminishing somewhat overnight.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and still humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH early, diminishing slowly.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 58-63. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Sunny. High 74-79. Wind NW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 65. High 84

Irene – Sunday Midday Update

11:35AM

As of 11AM, the center of Tropical Storm Irene is over western CT, heading for west central MA on a north northeast track, and will be moving into northern New England during the afternoon from the VT/NH border eventually into Maine. Top sustained winds are down to 60 MPH but with higher gusts, and this large wind field still extends several hundred miles out from the center.

What to expect from here on…

Rain: Expect the heaviest and steadiest rain west of the storm track with more showery but still at times very heavy rain to the east. The heaviest areas of rain will lift north northwest across the Boston area through 1PM. Expect rainfall amounts 1-4 inches east of the track, 4-7 inches to the west, with locally heavier amounts. River flooding most likely in the heavy rain areas to the west. Rivers east of the center will not likely flood and should handle the rainfall fairly well. Poor drainage flooding will be a bigger concern in these areas during and shortly after the heavier rain periods.

Wind: East of the storm track, winds mostly from the southeast to south, 35-45 MPH with higher gusts. Winds will shift more to the southwest and west as the storm center moves into northern New England, and some of the strongest wind gusts may actually occur as Irene moves away. West of the track, expect northeast to north winds 15-35 MPH with higher gusts, but strongest winds there will be northwest to west behind the storm, 25-40 MPH with stronger gusts, likely over 50 MPH for a period of time this evening. Additional tree damage will occur, causing some additional power outages.

Storm Surge:  Another surge around 4 to 6 feet is expected with the evening high tide along the South Coast, especially the bays. Storm surge flooding will not be a problem along east-facing coastal areas in the evening as winds by then will be blowing offshore. These areas will see some splash-over and minor flooding due to rough wave action, however.

Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible in heavier rain bands during the next couple of hours, but this threat is diminishing.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

THIS AFTERNOON: Overcast through into mid afternoon with numerous tropical showers including some downpours. The heaviest rain in the Boston area should occur through about 1 or 2PM. Mostly cloudy later afternoon with additional tropical showers, heavy at times, with brief sun possible through some breaks in the clouds. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE increasing to 25-45 MPH gusting 40-60 MPH, occasionally stronger, shifting more to S and eventually SW during the day.

TONIGHT: Lingering showers early as clouds break, followed by clearing late. Still humid. Low 65-70. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH, still may reach around 50 MPH over exposed higher elevations, diminishing somewhat overnight.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and still humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH early, diminishing slowly.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 58-63. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Sunny. High 74-79. Wind NW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 65. High 84

Irene – Sunday Morning Update #2

9:50AM

As of 9AM, Irene is now a tropical storm with top winds near 65 MPH and is centered near Coney Island NY, starting to accelerate to the north northeast. Irene continues to have a very widespread wind field of tropical storm force winds and hurricane force gusts. The center will cross western Long Island and western to north central CT, west central to central MA (passing close to Springfield) then up across southwestern NH where it will cut across central NH and into and across Maine by tonight, weakening and beginning to lose tropical characteristics while accelerating in forward speed.

Specifics…

Rain: Expect the heaviest and steadiest rain west of the storm track with more showery but still at times very heavy rain to the east.The heaviest areas of rain will lift north northwest across the Boston area through 1PM. Expect rainfall amounts 1-4 inches east of the track, 4-8 inches to the west, with locally heavier amounts. River flooding most likely in the heavy rain areas to the west. Rivers east of the center will not likely flood and should handle the rainfall fairly well. Poor drainage flooding will be a bigger concern in these areas during and shortly after the heavier rain periods.

Wind: East of the storm track, winds mostly from the southeast to south, often tropical storm force, top gusts 40-60 MPH with locally stronger, except gusts around hurricane force possible along the South Coast and some of the higher elevations. Strongest winds will occur in the next few hours, but will strengthen again as southwest to west winds behind the storm late today and this evening. West of the track, expect northeast to north winds 15-35 MPH with higher gusts, but strongest winds there will be northwest to west behind the storm, 25-40 MPH with stronger gusts, likely over 50 MPH for a period of time Sunday evening. Considerable tree damage is expected from this event, because it has been a while since such a storm, and the ground is saturated from heavy rain before the storm, making the soil softer around bases of trees.

Storm Surge: 4 to potentially 7 foot storm surge flooding on the South Coast, especially in the bays, with the morning high tide. A second surge with the evening high tide and may be similar to the morning surge. East-facing coastal areas will see a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet with the morning high tide as the winds will be most onshore at that time. By the evening tide, the winds will be blowing more from the land toward the water so storm surge flooding will not be an issue, but splash-over flooding may still occur due to the very rough seas and waves.

Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible in heavier rain bands this through early afternoon, especially from the Boston area and Merrimack Valley to southeastern MA including Cape Cod and the Islands. These are usually very weak and short-lived, but still significant enough to add to wind damage. These kinds of tornadoes are spawned from low level wind sheer (change of speed and/or direction of wind with height) that is set up when friction near the ground slows the wind speed and turns it more toward the center of the hurricane and winds above the ground are fast-flowing and more parallel to the storm center.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

TODAY: Overcast through early afternoon with numerous tropical showers including some downpours. The heaviest rain in the Boston area should occur through about 1PM. Mostly cloudy mid through late afternoon with additional tropical showers, heavy at times. Brief sun may appear between showers. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE increasing to 25-45 MPH gusting 40-60 MPH, occasionally stronger, shifting more to S and eventually SW during the day. Isolated tornadoes are possible from mid morning through early afternoon.

TONIGHT: Rain and showers ending from south to north with breaking clouds before midnight and clearing overnight. Still mild and very humid. Low 65-70. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH, still may reach around 50 MPH over exposed higher elevations, diminishing somewhat overnight.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and still humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH early, diminishing slowly.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 58-63. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Sunny. High 74-79. Wind NW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 65. High 84

Irene – Sunday Morning Update #1

3:31AM

As of 3AM, Hurricane Irene maintains top sustained winds of 80 MPH near its center, but continues to have a very widespread wind field of tropical storm force winds and hurricane force gusts. The center has been over water just offshore of the Delmarva early this morning and will continue to track over water just offshore of New Jersey, accelerating north northeast with a gradual turn more to the northeast. This will take the center to western Long Island NY later this morning as a minimal category 1 hurricane. The center will then cross western to north central CT, west central to central MA (probably passing not too far west of Worcester MA) then up across southwestern NH where it will cut across central NH and into and across Maine by tonight, weakening and beginning to lose tropical characteristics while accelerating.

Specifics…

Rain: Expect the heaviest and steadiest rain west of the storm track with more showery but still at times very heavy rain to the east. A finger of very heavy rain that is a bit longer lasting may lift across the Boston area between 10AM & 1PM. Expect rainfall amounts 1-4 inches east of the track, 4-8 inches to the west, with locally heavier amounts. River flooding most likely in the heavy rain areas to the west. Rivers east of the center will not likely flood and should handle the rainfall fairly well. Poor drainage flooding will be a bigger concern in these areas during and shortly after the heavier rain periods.

Wind: East of the storm track, winds mostly from the southeast to south, often tropical storm force, top gusts 40-60 MPH with locally stronger, except gusts around hurricane force likely along the South Coast and some of the higher elevations (Blue Hill, for example). The strongest winds should occur from shortly after dawn on Sunday until shortly after sunset Sunday evening, but strong gusts may continue as the wind shifts more to the west in areas that were east of the storm track well into the night. West of the track, expect northeast to north winds 15-35 MPH with higher gusts, but strongest winds there will be northwest to west behind the storm, 25-40 MPH with stronger gusts, likely over 50 MPH for a period of time Sunday evening. Considerable tree damage is expected from this event, because it has been a while since such a storm, and the ground is saturated from heavy rain before the storm, making the soil softer around bases of trees.

Storm Surge: 4 to potentially 8 foot storm surge flooding on the South Coast, especially the bays, with the morning high tide. A second surge with the evening high tide will likely be to a lesser degree. East-facing coastal areas will see a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet with the morning high tide as the winds will be most onshore at that time. By the evening tide, the winds will be blowing more from the land toward the water so storm surge flooding will not be an issue, but splash-over flooding may still occur due to the very rough seas and waves.

Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible in heavier rain bands this through early afternoon, especially from the Boston area and Merrimack Valley to southeastern MA including Cape Cod and the Islands. These are usually very weak and short-lived, but still significant enough to add to wind damage. These kinds of tornadoes are spawned from low level wind sheer (change of speed and/or direction of wind with height) that is set up when friction near the ground slows the wind speed and turns it more toward the center of the hurricane and winds above the ground are fast-flowing and more parallel to the storm center.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

TODAY: Areas of dense fog early. Overcast through early afternoon with numerous tropical showers including some downpours. A period of very heavy rain is expected sometime in the 10AM-1PM window. Mostly cloudy mid through late afternoon with additional tropical showers, heavy at times. Brief sun may appear between showers. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE increasing to 25-45 MPH gusting 40-60 MPH, occasionally stronger, shifting more to S and eventually SW during the day. Isolated tornadoes are possible from mid morning through early afternoon.

TONIGHT: Rain and showers ending from south to north with breaking clouds before midnight and clearing overnight. Still mild and very humid. Low 65-70. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH, still may reach around 50 MPH over exposed higher elevations, diminishing somewhat overnight.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and still humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH early, diminishing slowly.

MONDAY NIGHT: Mostly clear. Low 58-63. Wind W 5-15 MPH.

TUESDAY: Sunny. High 74-79. Wind NW 5-15 MPH.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

SATURDAY: Partly cloudy. Low 65. High 84.

Irene – Saturday Evening Update

8:19PM

As expected, the center of Irene is back over water, east of Virginia Beach, as of 8PM. I am going to continue to forecast the center spending most of its time over warm water just off the Delmarva/NJ coast tonight, making landfall late tomorrow morning in western Long Island before cutting across western CT and central MA into NH during the day.

Specifics…

Rain: Tropical downpours all areas tonight, heaviest steady rain west of the storm track, more showery east of it. Rainfall amounts 1-4 inches east of the track, 4-8 inches to the west, with locally heavier amounts. River flooding most likely in the heavy rain areas to the west. Flash flooding problems may occur anywhere when heavy rain occurs over a short period of time.

Wind: East of the storm track, winds mostly from the southeast to south, often tropical storm force, top gusts 40-60 MPH with locally stronger, except gusts around hurricane force likely along the South Coast and some of the higher elevations (Blue Hill, for example). The strongest winds should occur from shortly after dawn on Sunday until shortly after sunset Sunday evening, but strong gusts may continue as the wind shifts more to the west in areas that were east of the storm track well into the night and early Monday morning. West of the track, expect northeast to north winds 15-35 MPH with higher gusts, but strongest winds there will be northwest to west behind the storm, 25-40 MPH with stronger gusts, likely over 50 MPH for a period of time Sunday evening. Considerable tree damage is expected from this event, because it has been a while since such a storm, and the ground is saturated from heavy rain before the storm, making the soil softer around bases off trees.

Storm Surge: Same as previous, 4 to potentially 8 foot storm surge flooding at the times of high tide, especially south facing bay areas along the South Coast. Coastal flooding is likely elsewhere, but not as severe.

Tornadoes: Isolated tornadoes are possible in heavier rain bands especially Sunday morning and midday and especially over eastern and southeastern Massachusetts. These are usually very weak and short-lived, but still significant enough to add to wind damage. For more on the cause of these kinds of tornadoes, see previous entries.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

TONIGHT: Cloudy. Episodes of tropical showers, heavy at times. Chance of thunderstorms. Areas of fog, possibly dense at times. Low 64-69. Wind SE to S 5-15 MPH increasing to 15-35 MPH with higher gusts around dawn from south to north.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Tropical showers most numerous in the morning, likely heavy at times with a chance of thunderstorms as well. Brief intervals of sunshine may pop out between the downpours over the Boston area and points to the south. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE to S 25-45 MPH with gusts 40-60 MPH and even slightly higher, favoring higher elevations and coastal areas. Winds shift more SW to W during the afternoon. Isolated brief tornadoes possible through mid afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Rain and showers ending from south to north with breaking clouds following. Still mild and very humid. Low 65-70. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH, still may reach around 50 MPH over exposed higher elevations.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH early, diminishing slowly.

TUESDAY: Sunny. Low 58. High 79.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.

Irene – Saturday Afternoon Update

12:31PM

The center of Hurricane Irene is over eastern North Carolina, which is weakening the system somewhat. It maintains Category 1 hurricane intensity, however. We have seen the storm move more to the north during the morning, but that northward movement has slowed, and that indicates it was more of a track wobble. Expect the center to shift briefly to the east then take a more north northeast track, and should be partly to mostly over water just east of Norfolk, Virginia, by this evening.

The changes I am making are more in timing than intensity. I think we should see a minimal category 1 hurricane making landfall on Long Island NY, but as I now expect a little faster acceleration, this landfall will take place Sunday afternoon. I’m going to hold the same track for now, despite the NHC track being shifted a bit west. There is a trough approaching from the west but enough southwesterly flow ahead of it, though causing the hurricane to become less organized, may also kick the center a little more east with time. Its faster acceleration washes out the decrease in wind due to weakening on the east side. Because of this I will continue with the same forecast regarding wind gusts and storm surge. We may see the 8 feet becoming less likely and closer to the 4 being more of a reality, but I’ll leave the range the same for now, in case.

So overall, no great changes to the forecast, other than just a little faster beginning and ending. And don’t forget that strong winds are still possible on the back side as the storm moves away.

Updated Boston Area Forecast…

THIS AFTERNOON: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers, a few possibly heavy. Slight chance of thunderstorms. Mild and very humid. High 74-79. Wind S to SE 5-15 MPH.

TONIGHT: Cloudy. Episodes of tropical showers, heavy at times. Chance of thunderstorms. Areas of fog, possibly dense at times. Low 64-69. Wind SE to S 5-15 MPH.

SUNDAY: Mostly cloudy. Tropical showers most numerous in the morning, likely heavy at times with a chance of thunderstorms as well. Brief intervals of sunshine may pop out between the downpours over the Boston area and points to the south. Mild with tropical humidity. High 70-75. Wind SE to S 15-25 MPH increasing to 25-45 MPH with gusts 50 MPH or higher becoming quite common, shifting more to the W during the afternoon. Hurricane-force gusts are still possible over higher elevations and mainly south-facing coastal areas. Isolated tornadoes are possible especially from morning through mid afternoon.

SUNDAY NIGHT: Rain and showers ending from south to north with breaking clouds following. Still mild and very humid. Low 65-70. Wind W 15-35 MPH with gusts over 40 MPH.

MONDAY: Mostly sunny. Warm and humid. High 80-85. Wind W 15-30 MPH and gusty, diminishing slowly.

TUESDAY: Sunny. Low 58. High 79.

WEDNESDAY: Sunny. Low 56. High 78.

THURSDAY: Mostly sunny. Low 62. High 83.

FRIDAY: Partly sunny. Low 63. High 82.