The forecast has worked out just right for those who want to get outside this weekend. The National Weather Service has pushed rain back to Monday.

The forecast calls for sunny skies Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the mid-70s and lows in the upper 50s.

Rain comes next week, with a 60 percent chance Monday and a 50 percent chance that night, followed by 40 to 50 percent chances each day and night through Thursday. It will cool off slightly, with highs around 70 and lows in the low to mid-50s.

The area could use the rain. The Weather Service has recorded just 4.22 inches of precipitation so far this year at Kansas City International Airport, more than two inches shy of average. As of Thursday, the U.S. Drought Monitor lists Jackson County as abnormally dry, as is much of Missouri. The extreme southeast corner of the county is in a narrow band of 11 counties considered in “moderate drought.”

– Jeff Fox