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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/12/2011

Forecast: Delightfully mild, and still dry... for now

Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
Friday helps any weather look better but it's probably too warm for a perfect 10. Still enjoyable though!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid-60s to near 70 | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Chance of p.m. shower/t’storm. | Sunday: Showers and t’storms likely. Near 80 to mid-80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Before a possible (much needed) rainy day on Sunday, we’re looking at a great Friday. Get out for a nice lunch today, provided you are wearing sunscreen (thank you!). Sandwiched on each side of Sunday should be typically warm, somewhat humid days on Saturday and Monday. Highs in the 80s and a chance of showers and storms can’t be ruled out. No surprise in summer, right?

Today (Friday): Nice and sunny. A few spots could near or touch the 90 degree mark, but generally speaking highs should peak in the mid-to-upper 80s. The dry air stays intact one more day thanks to these light north winds around 5 mph (maybe a gust to 15 mph once in a while). They eventually switch to southwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Before much water vapor returns on a southerly wind, we should have one more enjoyable, mostly clear evening. Later clouds may dot the sky a bit and assist in keeping low temperatures from falling too much -- probably the mid-60s to around 70 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Not as sunny as Friday, with a chance of rain, to boot. Highs again get into the mid-to-upper 80s, but also less comfortable. By afternoon, we appear to have a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Blame a bit extra humidity on those south winds quietly blowing at 5 to 10 mph. Still, it could be worse comfort-wise, as clouds become more and more frequent over time. I guess we should be thankful for staying out of the 90s and for having a few more clouds to shield us from that hot August sun? Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Full moon activities are plentiful on Facebook, I’ve seen, but beware of a few showers mixed with perhaps some thunder, especially by morning. Lows may bottom before dawn in the upper 60s to lower 70s inside the Beltway. Sorry to report that rain chances are in the 50-60% range. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Unwelcome mugginess accompanies what appears to be welcome rains. It seems showers and thunderstorms (70-80% chance) likely grace us with their presence. Maybe too soon to talk totals, but about .5” to 1” sure seems possible, if not a little higher, on the high end. Highs look to be more subdued in the lower 80s, perhaps mid-80s with the assistance of a peek of sunshine or burst of south/southwesterly winds. Things do appear to be setting up for a decent rain event! Confidence: Low

A LOOK AHEAD

Rain could stick around in the early to mid-evening Sunday night (40-50% chance) but otherwise skies would be mostly cloudy. Lows stay muggy and somewhat “meh” in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Low-Medium Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday may have dewpoints in the 60s, but staying a little lower (less humid-feeling) than Sunday most likely. Let’s call it a run-of-the-mill D.C. mid-August day where it feels, well, pretty warm. Skies may see clouds and sun battling — especially if a few showers and thunderstorms erupt (20% chance) in the typical afternoon timeframe. Highs should end up in the 80s, just not sure yet how far into the 80s we could get. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday could be a pretty sweet day, but it’s far enough in the future that I’m not sure yet if sunny skies and low-to-mid 80s will come true. It might not be very sticky either. A possible 9 rating on the Daily Digit? We’ll watch and hope! Confidence: Low-Medium

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