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Weather Outlook for April 26, 2017

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Posted: April 26, 2017

Milder, but unsettled weather is on tap through early next week.

Despite the coolness of the past several days, temperatures have been pretty close to normal but will climb to well above normal as we head toward the weekend. The coastal low that brought clouds and rainfall the past couple of days will be replaced with sunshine and temperatures moderating into the 60’s and 70’s for Wednesday. By Thursday, temperatures will turn almost hot climbing into the 80’s in all areas except the Poconos as a cold front approaches and brings a chance of hit-or-miss showers, especially across the west. Friday will be a bit cooler but still mild with temperatures in the 70’s, but clouds will be on the increase as the next storm approaches. With a frontal boundary straddling the state Saturday, temperatures will range widely from the low 60’s near the Lake Erie shore to the mid 80’s near Philadelphia with a chance for showers and thunderstorms across the state. On Sunday, 80 degree temperatures invade southwestern Pennsylvania while the remainder of the state remains cooler with a chance of showers. Heading into next week, Monday is windy and mild with afternoon showers and thunderstorms that usher in cooler but seasonable weather for the middle of next week.

April, so far, has been wet across the northern third of Pennsylvania but a bit dry in a few southern central counties and also in extreme southeastern counties. Calculated soil moisture is a little above normal across northwest Pennsylvania but a little below normal in the southeast. For the coming week, the best chance for significant rainfall will be on Thursday afternoon across western Pennsylvania, and Monday across most of the state. Looking farther ahead, Pennsylvania remains near the battleground for warm and cool air with northwestern counties forecast to be slightly below normal and southeastern counties slightly above normal through the middle of May with near normal precipitation.

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