Cloudy but dry weather, highs in mid-70s forecast Thursday

An end to rainy weather is forecast Thursday, with cloudy skies and highs in the mid-70s.

Chances of showers were expected to taper off by the early morning. After that, calm winds and mostly cloudy skies are forecast for the rest of the day.

Coastal flood warnings remain in effect along the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay until noon, with high tides 2 feet to 2.5 feet above normal.

Flood warnings meanwhile remain in effect across the region, until 1:30 p.m. in Carroll, Baltimore and Harford counties and Baltimore City and until 3 p.m. in Anne Arundel County. Flooding of most smaller streams has mostly receded, but larger streams and rivers were expected to continue surging into the afternoon.

After that, the forecast shows pleasant weather and not much else.

Parts of the Baltimore region got as many as 7 inches of rain in the last few days, well over the typical average of about 3 inches for the month of April.

A little more than 3 inches of rain fell at Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport on Wednesday alone, tying a record set in 1947. The rainfall Wednesday broke the daily records at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, and the NWS reported that the 7.41 inches of rain that fell at Dulles in April also broke a monthly record.

Friday and through the weekend, partly cloudy skies, westerly breezes, highs around 70 degrees and lows in the 50s are in the forecast.

To start next week, sunshine and highs in the mid-60s are forecast Monday.

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