I pulled out the weather map at left off the Weather Prediction Center site for Sunday morning, but really, Friday through Tuesday all look very similar, as do the forecast models for the time frame. The blue “H” near us signals the center of high pressure that will be building the next several days. At first, this high will be a “cool” high behind the cold front, keeping temperatures below seasonal norms (70s to low 80s high Wednesday and Thursday, mid 50s to low 60s at night) and bringing dry air in to replace the soppy conditions of the last few days (though there will be a chance of scattered showers and storms on this Wednesday afternoon as the front pushes through). In time, as the high becomes anchored over the Eastern U.S. and offshore, it will help bring a warmup underneath more stable upper air-conditions and slowly increase Gulf of Mexico moisture again with southerly flow on its back side. This will mean warm to hot (lots of 80s, some low-mid 90s possible) and humid weather by next week. While such weather will likely mean chances of daily showers and thunderstorms induced by heat and higher terrain will go up, the high appears likely to deflect large storm systems and cold fronts to our west and north through early to mid next week, at least. The jet stream is finally lifting into southern Canada, with a much more stagnant air flow aloft taking hold over much of the South and East. Bottom line: It’s starting to look more like a summer weather pattern for us rather than a relentlessly wet spring. I’m not saying it won’t be humid with some rounds of showers and storms next week, but it may be a while before the next cold front or well-organized low makes it close to us from the central U.S.