Westport weather: A sunny end to 2010; a wet welcome to 2011

2010 should end on a bright note, according to the National Weather Service.

There will be sunny skies across southwestern Connecticut, and temperatures in the mid-40s -- conditions that seem downright balmy compared to the blizzard that raked the region on Sunday and Monday.

However, all is not rosy.

There is also an air-quality alert for the state through Sunday. Because a high-pressure system is settling over the area and there will be little or no wind, the state Department of Environmental Protection Agency, pollution will cause air pollution to linger near ground level and elevating pollution levels until the end of Saturday.

As revelers ring in 2011 tonight, skies should be clear and temperatures will be in the mid-30s.

New Year's Day will be cloudy with a slight chance of showers after 3 p.m., according to the NWS. The daytime high temperature will be in the mid- to upper-40s.

Rain is also likely Saturday night into early Sunday. The low temperature is expected to be about 38.

On Sunday, there is a 40 percent chance of rain before 9 a.m. It will be mostly cloudy the rest of the day with a high about 40 degrees.

Monday, the weather service predicts, should be sunny and breezy.