Strong high pressure, responsible for the string of fair weather across the Capital Region the past several days, will slowly drift over the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean through the day today. The resulting southerly wind flow on the back end of this fair weather maker will help draw up some warmer, and slightly more humid, air to the region as we enter into the weekend.
A slow moving cold front will approach the region during the day on Saturday. Increasing clouds are expected through the day, with some showers possible late in the afternoon, and especially overnight. A brisk southerly to southeasterly breeze should kick up during the day on Saturday, in advance of the cold front.
The frontal system is forecast to move through the region overnight Saturday and early Sunday morning, bringing an end to the shower activity. High pressure will then slowly build into the region for the second half of Sunday and into Sunday night. This area of high pressure looks to stay with us through the upcoming work week.
...Below is the official forecast for the Capital Region and vicinity...
Today: Mostly sunny and mild. High in the upper 70’s. Light southerly winds.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low near 55. South winds 5-10 MPH.
Saturday: Partly sunny and becoming breezy with a chance of showers late in the day. High near 75. South winds 10-20 MPH with some higher gusts to near 30 MPH at times. Chance of rain is 40 percent.
Saturday Night: Showers likely, and perhaps a thunderstorm during the evening. Low in the upper 50’s. South winds early, shifting west after midnight, at 5-10 MPH. Chance of rain is 70 percent.
Sunday: A chance of a shower early in the morning, otherwise becoming partly to mostly sunny, breezy, and cooler. High 65-70. Northwest winds 10-20 MPH. Chance of rain is 30 percent.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High near 65 and low near 45.
Tuesday: Mostly sunny. High near 65 and low near 45.
Wednesday: Mostly sunny. High near 70 and low near 50.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High near 70 and low near 50.