D.C. area forecast: Less heat, still plenty of sun, showers likely Friday morning

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

10
After the summerlike heat of the past two days, this gentler warmth feels delightful.

Express Forecast

Today: Sunshine dominates. Highs 80-85.

Tonight: Showers and t’storms likely but very late night. Lows 55-61.

Tomorrow: Morning showers/storms, afternoon clearing. Highs 75-79.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Today is a lot warmer than normal but manageable – a noticeable improvement over yesterday. Showers and thunderstorms early tomorrow close out this early taste of summer and help wash away the “pollen-plosion”. They should also keep plants happy for the week. The weekend gets back to more reasonable temperature territory and abundant sunshine beckons us all outdoors to enjoy.

Today (Thursday): You are forgiven for wondering why this is not another scorcher since the sun is still omnipresent but that shift of wind coming from the southeast instead of the southwest makes a world of difference. Highs loll their way up to low-to-mid 80s and humidity is still easily bearable. Locations towards Baltimore on the cooler side of a dying front may get stuck in the 70s. The chance of one of those thundershowers zipping across PA from detouring our direction is nearly nil. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The evening is delightful with readings in the 70s and sidewalk café space should be at a premium. There is a cold front approaching from the west and this keeps our breezes in the 10-15 mph range but showers and perhaps a gusty storm hold off until pre-dawn. Rain chances before sunrise are 70%. Lows range from mid-50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Friday): The trip to work is likely to be a wet one as a relatively strong cold front approaches. Showers, and perhaps a thunderstorm, are apt to pop up  (90% chance), but they move out quickly. Most areas settle for a half inch or less (though some amounts of 0.5-1″ or so are possible well west west of town). Clearing starts up by noon time and highs still reach a respectable mid-to-upper 70s range. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The sliver of a moon on the western horizon after sunset is to be enjoyed as readings should still be well up in the 60s. Colder air is mounting an attack though and lows end up in the upper 40s to lower 50s, assuring us that there is still a spring to be had. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday makes outdoor lovers of us all. Comfortable highs in the upper 60s to lower 70s under sunny skies are hard to improve on. By afternoon, some occasional clouds are likely to pop up but shower chances are nil as dry air dominates. That allows readings to drop quickly through the 60s in the evening and end up in the almost chilly low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday starts out a little brisk but warms up nicely once again. Highs reach the mid-to-upper 60s which is perfectly normal. An approaching warm front is unlikely to do more than throw up a thin veil of high clouds. Another great evening to spy on the crescent moon as it nearly holds hands with Jupiter in the western sky. Lows fall to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Monday comes too soon as the great weather is in no hurry to leave. Sunshine holds strong until giving way to late day clouds. Highs are expected to top out in the mid-to-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium

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