A cold front passed through the city a little bit after midnight last night, bringing with it cooler, drier air for today. Yes, drier. You might think it is more humid with the clouds and occasional sprinkle this morning, but the dew point temperature in the lowest mile or so of the atmosphere is a good 10-20 degrees cooler than yesterday. That wedge of dry air has so far kept significant rainfall at bay. A deeper column of dry air slowly arrives this afternoon as the front moves further south, thinning the clouds and letting us warm to the low 70s.
An extended stretch of unseasonably warm weather returns tomorrow as an upper level ridge and a surface high will produce clear skies and a southerly breeze. Thursday's high will be in the upper 70s.
The forecast highs diverge as we head into the weekend. The National Weather Service has the coolest prediction, with highs in the upper 70s through Monday. The Weather Channel and AccuWeather start with the upper 70s on Friday but ramps it up to the mid 80s by Sunday. It won't be a dry heat either, as this will be tropical air from the not-quite-but-possible tropical system currently developing off the coast of South Carolina.