(OLNEY/NEWTON) As an upper level ridge continues to extend up the Mississippi River Valley into Manitoba today, our downstate weather continues to be dry and warm. The dominant feature of the next several days will be the summer-like air mass with no real pushes of colder air on tap in the immediate future, mostly due to another approaching upper level ridge that strengthens over the Plains this weekend. Plus, the incoming tropical system from the Gulf of Mexico will get trapped over the southeast U.S. and contribute to the blockage of any approaching weather patterns from the west or northwest. This means more heat and humidity for the holiday weekend, however weather models are calling for some scattered chances of rain and/or storms for Saturday and Sunday, although it will be a hit-and-miss type of rain chance with no real widespread rain expected. Stay tuned to a NOAA Weather Alert Radio for weather updates and more.