A half-inch of rain yesterday afternoon and another inch in last night's excellent thunderstorm was more than enough to make up for the recent lack of rain. For the month, Central Park has now received 1.69 inches of rain, which is slightly wetter than normal. Don't worry drought-lovers, we'll be back below normal by the end of the weekend.

There's a slight upper-level disturbance moving through upstate New York and central Pennsylvania right now that might bring a few clouds and showers to the city this afternoon. That disturbance is decaying as it moves eastward so we're not expecting much in terms of rainfall. The return to summer heat was brief; this afternoon's high might get up to 75 or so.

This afternoon's clouds will give way to days of clear skies as first one high pressure system and then another dominate the weather for the next week. Tomorrow is going to be sunny and cool with a high only reaching 70 degrees. Calm winds and clear skies will cause the temperature to plummet Saturday night. Sunday morning lows are expected to range from the lower 50s in the city to upper 30s in the lower Hudson Valley. The daytime temperature should rebound to the mid 70s.

A dry cold front late Sunday night won't do much to change the weather. Monday is looking like it will be 75 and sunny. After a bit of cooler weather on Tuesday it looks like the temperature will rebound to near normal highs in the mid 70s through the end of next week.