MERCED — Mercedians can say goodbye to the wet, soggy weather -- at least for now.
Today will provide a short break from Wednesday's heavy rain and high wind gusts, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford.
"I wouldn't expect much more rain; it pretty much tapered off Wednesday evening," said meteorologist Daniel Harty. "Thursday will be in between systems, with no chance of rain."
Harty said today will be mostly cloudy, with a high of 64 degrees and a few periods in which the sun will be breaking through. But enjoy it while it lasts, because tonight could see a return of wet weather.
Harty said the clouds will move in this evening with a 50 percent chance of rain. Friday's high is expected to be 61 degrees with an 80 percent chance of rain -- about a quarter of an inch or more. Friday will be windy with gusts more than 30 mph, according to Harty.
As for the weekend, staying indoors or packing an umbrella are highly recommended.
"It's not going to be a sunny weekend," Harty said. "We might get a few breaks in the clouds, but we have an unsettled pattern."
The forecast for Saturday and Sunday calls for highs of 62 degrees.
"There's a really big one coming in Saturday night and especially Sunday," Harty said of the storm pattern, adding that the beginning of next week will provide another break in the wet weather.
Although some clouds will hang around Monday, Harty said heavy fog likely will return to the region next week.
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