Update 8:30 p.m.: The scattered showers and storms mainly south of the District have long moved off. There are some storms in Pennsylvania moving southeast that we’ll watch for later but they’re unlikely to make it here. For the most part, we dodged the thunderstorm bullet this evening.
The work week has closed on a warm, sticky note. It sure felt like a summer preview with temperatures in the 80s, high humidity, and a few thunderstorms. Some additional scattered showers and storms are likely this evening before a drying trend begins. We can’t totally shake shower chances on Saturday, but Sunday promises to be rain-free.
Through Tonight: There’s about a 50/50 chance of showers and thunderstorms. In other words, about half of us should experience measurable rain. A few storms could produce heavy downpours, lightning, some gusty winds and even small hail. Showers and storms should wind down by 10 or 11 p.m. Then it’s partly to mostly cloudy, with lows 60-65.
The weekend: Saturday’s partly sunny, warm, and not quite as humid as Friday. There’s a 20% chance of a shower, mainly west and southwest of town during the afternoon. Highs range from 77-83 (north-south). Light winds from the north at 5-10 mph. For Saturday night’s Supermoon and Aquarid meteor shower, it’s partly cloudy, with lows 51-57 (suburbs-city). Sunday’s the best day of the weekend, with highs 72-76 under partly sunny skies.