By Geoff Bansen

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Make sure to have the umbrella handy today.

A cold, steady rain will be falling throughout the day on Wednesday, with occasional heavy downpours.

Temperatures will not make it feel any better, with highs struggling to reach 60. A brisk wind out of the east will only add to what will be a raw, wet day.

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Wednesday night the precipitation will lighten up just a bit, with temperatures actually steadily increasing towards daybreak. Those showers will linger Thursday, and the temperatures will keep on rising. Highs will top out in the mid-70s, quite the contrast from Wednesday.

Any of those remaining showers will depart later Thursday, setting the table for the return of dry conditions to end the work week and into the weekend. Friday will be seasonable with mostly sunny skies and just a few clouds. Saturday and Sunday look seasonable and mostly dry as well, although we can’t rule out a stray shower during the afternoon hours both days.

Today In Weather History:

1852 – A tornado, following the same track as the famous “Tri-state Tornado” of 1925, struck the town of New Harmony IND. Just sixteen persons were killed by the twister, due to the sparse settlement. The “Tri-state Tornado” killed 695 persons.

1990 – Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms produced severe weather in southern Virginia and the Carolinas, with tennis ball size hail reported southeast of Chesnee SC. Thunderstorms moving over the Chesapeake Bay flooded U.S. Highway 50 on Kent Island MD with several inches of water resulting in a seventeen-mile long traffic jam.

Geoff Bansen
WX Producer

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