Calm After the Storm: Sunny Skies All Week

But rain may return by the weekend

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    From meteorologist Chris Cimino. (Published Wednesday, Aug 31, 2011)

    Days after Tropical Storm Irene ravaged the East Coast, the tri-state is in for sunny skies and warm temperatures the rest of the week.

    Expect at worst partly sunny skies Wednesday through Friday with highs in the mid 80s. Temperatures will drop a bit into the upper 70s by Friday.

    The humidity returns over the weekend, with potential for showers and a few thunderstorms later Sunday and again Monday. At this point, the forecast appears to show more of a showery pattern rather than continuous or steady rain. 

    One computer model next week brings up some tropical moisture out of the Gulf of Mexico and up the coast, which could increase the chances of rainfall in the area from later Tuesday into Thursday.

    Right now that same model keeps Tropical Storm Katia far enough offshore to spare the tri-state area. However, the models predict some heavy rain some time next week, which is not good news for the already saturated ground and swollen rivers.

    Katia and the latter potential rainmaker are two separate systems but poor news for those recovering from flooding.

    Rivers have all crested and are very slowly receding. Flooding will linger in areas along much of the Passaic River into the end of the week with slow improvement.