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D.C. area forecast: Chance of a few showers and cool early in week, then drier, warmer

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Today: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of showers. 75-80. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy, slight chance of showers. 61-66. | Tomorrow: Slight chance of showers/storms. Low 80s. | Get Express Forecast9 by E-mail


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70s sure beat the 90s and needed rain is at least a small possibility to start the week. Then we transition into more of seasonably warm, dry pattern for the week’s second half, with temperatures well into the 80s. All-in-all, it’s tranquil week with little chance of extreme weather (big storms or stifling heat).

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Today (Monday): Some patchy fog starts off the day. Skies should brighten as the morning wears on but mostly cloudy skies are the rule, with highs 75-80. A shower or thundershower is possible (20-30 percent chance), especially north and northwest of town during the afternoon and into the evening. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: After any evening showers (20-30 percent chance), skies become partly cloudy. We may see some patchy fog develop towards morning, with lows near 60 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): We probably see more sun compared to Monday, elevating high temperatures into the low 80s by-and-large. There’s a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms (20-30% chance), as another little disturbance ripples through the area. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Scattered showers and storms are possible in the evening and could even a linger overnight, especially east of town. Lows range from 62-67 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium


On Wednesday, one more disturbance passing through the area offers the chance of some showers and storms (20-30 percent chance), especially during the afternoon. Skies are partly sunny and highs range from 80-85. Partly cloudy Wednesday night, with lows 58-66 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

High pressure takes hold of our weather Thursday through Sunday, as the dip in the jet stream retreats, meaning fewer disturbances cycling through. The result is dry and warm weather, with highs most days in the mid-to-upper 80s and overnight lows in the 60s. By Sunday, a few showers and storms may pop up in the afternoon as the air turns a bit more humid. Confidence: Medium

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