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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 08/19/2011

Forecast: Muggy with more shower and thunder chances, but clearing for Saturday

Flash Flood watch: 3 to 10 p.m. for Montgomery, Prince George’s, Howard, and Anne Arundel counties.

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A bit muggy/warm, with p.m. showers/storms. At least it is Friday and, well, we have access to AC.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, p.m. showers and storms. Mid-80s to near 90. | Tonight: Evening showers and storms? Mid-60s to near 70. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Isolated shower? Upper 80s to low 90s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Scattered p.m. showers and storms. Mid-80s to near 90. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Saturday could prove to be our best day of the next few, but we have some showers, storms and muggy air to contend with first—surprised? Didn’t think so. Good news for gardeners, especially on top of last weekend’s showers and storms being somewhat more widespread than we’ve seen in a while. For outdoor-loving folks, you too should have some windows without rain to hike, golf, or just go for a jog—but drink that water, and lather on that sunscreen!

Today (Friday): Plan on slightly more clouds than sunshine, but that won’t prevent it from still feeling like summer. Mid-80s may be the highest we go, that is if clouds dominate, but I think near 90 is possible again should we have numerous enough peeks of sunshine. High dewpoints will continue to make it sticky. Showers may pop and a few rumbles of thunder could be heard (50%-60% chance) by early afternoon and potentially into the evening. Slow moving storms, like yesterday, could give you a solid soaking in just 20 minutes! Unlike Thursday, eastern sections may bear the brunt today. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Thundershowers may continue for a bit, perhaps through the evening, but they lose coverage area steadily—likely ending before 9-11 p.m. or so. Chances dwindle from 50% early to 20% late. To spin positive, a quick shower could cool you off nicely! Overnight lows bottom in the mid-to-upper 60s outside the Beltway, around 70 downtown. Confidence: Medium

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Should be clearer and less stormy. Highs in the upper 80s appear probable with, a few hotter spots south of the city, perhaps soaring through the low 90s. This assumes skies stay fully clear in the afternoon. Yes, there is still an outside (10%) chance of an afternoon shower. For a summer weekend day, we can take it, right? Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The sun sets before 8 p.m., as a quick warning to fellow photo-sensitive people. Not that we need to start popping our vitamin D-3 just yet. There could be a few clouds around. But as it appears now, rain isn’t likely. Lows should be in the upper 60s to lower 70s (yes downtown enjoys that heat island effect). Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: We may copy many aspects of today, with clouds hanging around and battling the sun. Highs are also similar—in the mid-80s to near 90 (more clouds = “cooler” temperature). By midday and into afternoon, a greater and greater number of thundershowers appear likely. Hopefully, the storms stay semi-organized over our region. Many could still use a moderate dousing! Chances are around 40-50% of some rain in your area. Moisture’s abundant in the atmosphere for storms and for us to sweat. We’ll feel it in the form of muggy dewpoints, likely around or above 70. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

It stays balmy Sunday night, with low temperatures in the upper 60s to low-or-mid 70s—and of course some moderate to tropical humidity added in! Perhaps a 30% chance storms spill into night time from our afternoon showers and storms. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday & Tuesday could be pretty similar, warm with a decent amount of sunshine each day; but, perhaps slightly warmer and cloudier Monday and slightly less warm & yet sunnier on Tuesday (counterintuitive in a way!). I can’t rule out a few showers or storms (10-20% chance) each day, but it shouldn’t be a wash-out. We may feel a bit less humidity by Tuesday too. Fingers crossed. Temperatures could range in the mid-to-upper 80s, with near 90 possible on Monday. Confidence: Low-Medium

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