FORECAST: RAIN TODAY, SUN THIS WEEKEND

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Doug Cavanaugh paints a refurbished hitching post he installed outside his home on Linden Place in Red Bank Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

After one of the wettest Jersey shore summers on record, the first full day of autumn 2009 looks to be a bit damp, too.

The National Weather Service tells us we may get thunderstorms this afternoon. But the outlook for the weekend is encouraging.

Here’s the outlook for coming days:

Today: A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. Southwest wind between 3 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tonight: A chance of showers, mainly before 2am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. Southwest wind between 6 and 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. West wind between 6 and 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 59. North wind around 9 mph.

Friday: Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind between 10 and 15 mph.

Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 51.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 67.

Saturday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 71. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Monday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Tuesday: Partly sunny, with a high near 70.