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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/18/2012

D.C. area forecast: A mostly delightful weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Chance of a.m. showers, clearing. Low-to-mid 80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Upper 50s to mid-60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Isolated p.m. shower? Low-to-mid 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10


A few showers possible to start, but clearing skies and a lower temp/humidity combo provide a nice end. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


With our avoidance of a record-tying 28th day 95 degrees or higher yesterday, we don’t have anything close to that on the horizon, and historical odds for more are quickly dwindling. I doubt many people are sad about that! In fact, there’s not much to be annoyed with looking at our weather to come, as we get a nice taste of cooler temperatures and perhaps a little bit of that much-needed rain. Let’s start with a largely worry-free weekend.

Today (Saturday): The cold front moving through the mid-Atlantic does not get too far, so we might have a fair amount of clouds to deal with as well as a shower threat (10-30% chance northwest to southeast) during the morning. Showers, maybe some fog and drizzle, should be most prevalent before sunrise, with clearing working in from the northwest as the day progresses. Highs reach the low-to-mid 80s. A breeze from the north filters in drier air as well. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Clearer skies of the early evening may cloud back up a bit overnight, but I think we’re not much worse than partly cloudy. A hint of fall is in the air, and some folks even make the 50s by morning! Lows range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Winds are generally fairly light from the north. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Expect partly cloudy conditions as a light wind off the ocean helps keep us near or below normal for highs. Some energy rotating our way around the base of a big upper level low well to our north might touch off an isolated shower late in the day. Highs should again head for the low-and-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clouds appear to be more numerous as little waves of low pressure try to form and pass off to our southeast. Isolated to scattered showers are possible. Lows settle to near 60 in the coolest suburbs to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday should continue the Sunday night trend of fairly cloudy conditions, and we’ll need to keep an eye on potentially more widespread showers which for now may want to stay to our southeast. Regardless, showers and t’showers are possible (40% chance) everywhere. Since we seem to be favoring highs in the low-and-mid 80s, might as well go for ‘em again! Confidence: Low-Medium

We continue to play with the frontal zone on Tuesday. Depending on cloud-cover, there may be a bit of an increase in daytime temperatures, enough to send most spots to the mid-80s. Isolated to scattered late-day showers or t’showers can’t be ruled out (30% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

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