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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/22/2012

D.C. area forecast: Toasty and muggy with strong storms possible late

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy a.m., storms likely p.m.. 91-96. | Tonight: Storms possible, then slow clearing. Mid-60s to low 70s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, less muggy. Upper 80s to around 90. | Sunday: Again sunny, very warm. Upper 80s to around 90. | 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


Relatively “better” than Thursday but VERY muggy with storms a good bet ahead of a cold front. Camden Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Slightly “cooler” and cloudier today may sound good to you? Well, our final day of this heat wave still has its challenges as a cold front pumps in super muggy air, then cranks out some strong to severe thunderstorms over us. After clearing late tonight, we should see lower, less muggy dew points this weekend. But, it’ll still be pretty warm. Just wait until next week when we look to really cool off!

Today (Friday): Morning showers or rumble of thunder isn’t out of the question (20% chance), but skies are generally partly cloudy. After noontime, that filtered sun delivers a follow-up threat of thundershowers (60-70% chance) approaching from west as our beloved(?) cold front enters the region. There could be a few severe storms capable of producing damaging winds, but also more general lightning and downpours. Temperatures still reach the low-to-mid 90s before showers and thunderstorms quash the heat. Confidence:

Medium








What is the Storm Threat Level?

Tonight: It’s mostly cloudy, with about a 50-60% chance of continued storminess, potentially through about sunset. Some spots could get a decent amount of rain out of it all. Muggy early readings that may get cooled by rain into the 70s, ultimately end up, before sunrise, in the mid-60s to lower 70s everywhere. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): We’re still very warm, but at least it looks much less muggy. High temperatures in the upper 80s look probable for most of us, with a few spots south of town perhaps getting around 90 degrees. Summer cold fronts don’t often have all that much kick to them! Please use that sunscreen if you head to the pool or beach, since we won’t have a great enough number of clouds to reduce that extremely high UV this time of year. From time to time, we could have a light, slightly refreshing northwesterly breeze. Enjoy! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Expect a few clouds from time to time, but there are basically no rain worries to report. Low temperatures at toasty National Airport, as well as parts of downtown, may only get to around 70, with lower 60s probable outside the beltway. Confidence: High

Sunday: This could be a repeat of Saturday in many regards! About the same, moderate level of humidity and mostly sunny skies. Highs again top out pretty much in the upper 80s to around 90 if your locale stays cloud-free throughout the afternoon. But a few clouds may pop-up during the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: We may see our next real chance (25-35%) of rain with showers on approach from the west, as a another cold front approaches. So far, rain would hold off until late in the overnight hours. Temperatures bottom in the lower 70s downtown, with upper 60s in the cooler ‘burbs. Confidence: Medium

Monday may continue our rain chances (40-50%) with some showers and thunderstorms—especially during the afternoon—as skies remain partially hazy and cloudy. Ahead of what appears to be a stronger (than our previous) cold front, is a notable southerly breeze that should help bump up temperatures into the upper 80s to 90 degree arena. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday could be wonderful and refreshing—a day I have looked forward to for over a week! Assuming the cold front plows through on-schedule by Monday night, we enjoy upper 70s to around 80. Combining with much-lowered humidity, it should make for a great day. Enjoy the refreshing air. Just be mindful that those blue skies come with a price tag of high UV. Don’t burn! Confidence: Low-Medium

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