THURSDAY WEATHER ... Clear, sunny

Staff reports

A warming trend takes shape Thursday, but showers return for the weekend.

Highs Thursday will approach the lower 70s under mostly sunny skies. Only a slight chance of rain is expected.

The weekend kicks off with highs in the mid 70s on Friday, but a 40 percent chance of rain comes with the above-average temperatures.

A 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstroms highlights the Saturday forecasts. Highs will be well above normal, approaching the mid to upper 70s. Lows will drop into the mid 50s.

The rain chance decreases to 20 percent Sunday, but clouds remain. Highs will hover around 70, while lows will dip into the mid 50s.