Temperatures will stay well above normal until Thursday night when a cold front slowly approaches the area. The slow movement of the front will lead to a significant period of shower activity extending from late Thursday into Friday. Most locations should receive a half to one inch of rain, with locally heavier amounts. Some of the storms could become strong to severe Thursday night. The front will finally move offshore by +late Friday with showers ending from the west. The weekend promises to be cooler with highs in the middle to upper 70s under mostly sunny skies.
The rain will be welcomed by most farmers and gardeners. Our recent dry spell has given us time for planting many of our crops and vegetable gardens. The cooler weather behind the front will make the afternoons a bit more tolerable for most of us. Don't get used to it though. A warming trend will resume by the middle of next week with more summer-like air arriving just in time for Memorial Day Weekend.