WEEKEND FORECAST: Warm Weather Ahead

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Overnight tonight south winds will be steady and keep temperatures from dropping to the chilly levels we've seen the last few nights. Lows should be in the 40s across much of the state.

Tomorrow south winds will pick up to around 20 mph, with some gusts over 30. These winds will push highs into the 70s for much of the state, with a high around 74 in Des Moines.

Showers and thunderstorms will develop to the west Saturday night, and while some overnight rain is possible in West Central Iowa, Saturday should stay completely dry along I-35.

The rain early Sunday morning should mostly run out of steam along Highway 169, before redeveloping late Sunday night into Monday morning. After initially being confined to Western Iowa, the showers and thunderstorms will cross Central Iowa early on Monday.

More rain is in the forecast by the middle of the week as temperatures remain in the 60s/low 70s.