Mostly sunny; high in the low 80s

Tonight — Mostly clear. Lows in the mid 40s. Northeast winds around 5 mph becoming east.

Saturday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower 80s. East winds around 5 mph becoming northwest. Saturday night — Mostly clear. Lows in the lower 50s. North winds around 5 mph.

Sunday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Southeast winds 5 to 10 mph. Sunday night — Partly cloudy. Lows in the upper 50s.

Monday — Partly sunny with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the lower 80s. Chance of rain 30 percent. Monday night — Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

Tuesday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 70s. Chance of rain 40 percent. Tuesday night — Partly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of showers. Lows in the mid 50s.

NATION: Scattered showers and thunderstorms will persist over the Northern and Central Plains on Friday.

Temperatures in the Lower 48 states Thursday have ranged from 24 degrees at Mt. Washington, N.H., to 100 degrees at Needles, Calif.