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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/17/2012

Forecast: Nearly perfect for Father’s Day


Today: Still pleasant. Increased p.m. clouds? Upper 70s to Low 80s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Showers? 76-82. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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Happy Father’s Day to mine and all the other pops out there. And us here at the ‘Gang have our own gifts for you in today’s weather! It’s sunny and mild for most of the day, so get out and enjoy before clouds begin to filter in late. Savor it while it lasts, because by midweek, we’re back to “normal”around here as heat and humidity build into the area big time.

Today (Father’s Day): It’s still mighty nice out there as we close out the weekend with plenty of sun, mild temperatures, and low humidity. Expect mostly sunny skies through the afternoon and highs mainly in the upper 70s and low 80s. Skies might also begin to cloud up toward evening. Confidence: High

Tonight: Dew points rise and more clouds move in overnight as southerly flow pumps in some added moisture. The approaching front looks to wash out coming over the mountains but is enough to warrant a chance for a stray shower by morning. Otherwise, we’ll have mostly cloudy skies overnight, and lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Monday): Monday looks a bit more on the gloomy side, just what we need as we head back to work... Ongoing convection off to our south and west should send enough clouds our way to keep us in the gray for most of the day. There’s a slight chance (20%-30%) that a few showers and storms reach our area but the bulk of activity should miss. Nonetheless, with lots of cloudiness, our temps may struggle to get into the upper 70s and lower 80s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The showers and storms die out into the night but they leave behind plenty of humid air. It starts to feel like a normal D.C .summer, with lows only dropping to the mid-60s and near 70 in the still air. Confidence: Medium-High


By Tuesday, the heat is on. Literally. Dew points and temperatures levels rise to levels we’re more accustomed to around these parts, unwelcome as they may be. Partly-to-mostly sunny skies break out as the Bermuda High sets up and pumps in tropical air. Afternoon readings likely reach or eclipse 90 degrees. A few afternoon storms are possible, but likely confined to higher elevations west of the Blue Ridge

We stay warm overnight and I expect air conditioners across the area will be working strong. The air just feels heavy overnight and with the high moisture levels, doesn’t cool off very quickly. Nighttime lows only reach the 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday could take the crown this week heat-wise. What may keep that from happening though is some afternoon storms popping up. Even before clouds and storms build the strong sun should push temps into the mid-90s by early afternoon, with just a 20% chance of the aforementioned storms. Confidence: Medium-High

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