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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Forecast: Another warm day but dry air is comfy, much cooler weekend ahead

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Today: Sunny and dry. 89-93. | Tonight: Clear and calm. 65-70. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, a few p.m. t’storms possible. 91-96. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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I am betting that most of us find today just dandy given the drier air mass. After this summer a 90-degree day just isn’t what it used to be. But wait there is more and, no, I am not talking a free set of knives! After a few thunderstorms skitter through Friday night, we are in for not 1, not 2 but 3, count them 3 days of highs only in the lower 80s and we will throw in lows in the 60s with no charge for shipping and handling. However, some showers may put a damper on the cooler temps.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Thursday): Shades are in order for the morning commute and the afternoon one to boot. Bright sunshine has few clouds to contend with and little humidity. Highs pop up to the upper 80s to low 90s. Breezes are light from the northwest. Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars are out in all their glory thanks to a moonless night. Temperatures quickly slip to the upper 70s to lower 80s for evening activities. Breezes quickly disappear. Lows end up in the low-to-mid 60s suburbs to near 70 downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): This should be a mostly sunny day as an impressive cold front is still working its way through the Midwest. Clouds should start showing up later in the afternoon and humidity returns in force. Winds kick up from the southwest and push highs into the low-to-mid 90s Thunderstorms are likely to take their time with only a 30% chance of disrupting the mad dash home or to the beach. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Thunderstorms are possible in the evening and one or two could get strong. But about half of us end up with nothing. Evening readings still hang in the 80s until the storms pass through. Lows end up in the mid -to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium


Saturday promises much cooler conditions and a chance of showers (30-40% chance), highest chances south and east of I-95. Highs should be only be in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Variable sky conditions trend towards clearing by evening with readings in the 70s. Overnight lows reach the 60s. Confidence: Medium

On Sunday clouds may scuttle back into the region fairly quickly as a low develops along the front to our south and pushes back at us enough moisture to introduce a 40-60% (northwest-southeast) chance of showers. Highs will again be limited to the upper 70s to lower 80s. The evening should improve with showers ending and readings in the 70s. Lows reach the lower 60s outside the beltway to upper 60s downtown. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday dries out, clears out and works out just fine. Highs reach the lower 80s. Confidence: Medium

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