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    Mild weekend to follow late-week spotty rain, storms in eastern US

    By By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
    April 25, 2016, 10:05:41 PM EDT

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    Following a warm finish to the week with spotty rain and thunderstorms, temperatures will trend back to near average levels this weekend.

    Additional rainfall will be needed to alleviate the dry conditions in many parts of the Appalachians and Atlantic Seaboard. However, after spotty showers to start on Saturday, the balance of the weekend will be free of rain in most areas.

    The weather will bring favorable conditions for outdoor activities such as baseball, golf, track and field and cycling.

    Along with the return of dry weather, highs will trend to near average levels for late April.


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    "The cooler air moving in this weekend will be gentle and brief," according to AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams.

    "Most warmups this spring have been followed by a nasty blast of cold air," Abrams said. "That will not be the case this time."

    After highs peak on Friday across the mid-Atlantic, temperatures will be shaved gradually from one day to the next through the weekend. For example, around New York City, highs will trend downward from near 80 F on Friday to near 70 on Saturday to the middle 60s on Sunday. The average high in New York City for late April is in the middle 60s.

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    In New England and upstate New York, more pronounced cooling will take place. Highs in Burlington, Vermont, will trend downward from the lower 70s on Friday to the middle 50s on Saturday and Sunday. The average high in Burlington is in the upper 50s this time of the year.

    A breeze off the chilly Atlantic will enhance cooling along the New England coast on Sunday.

    Farther south, temperatures will be the same or trend slightly upward from day to day as sunshine returns from the Carolinas to Florida. In Atlanta, highs will trend upward from near 70 on Friday to the middle 70s on Saturday to the lower 80s on Sunday. The average high in Atlanta during late April is in the middle 70s.

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