D.C. area forecast: Warmth and humidity make a comeback

Today’s Daily Digit

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

8
We jump from crisp conditions of early week, to warm and eventually a little humid. Not bad though.

Express Forecast

Today: Periods of cloudiness, partly sunny. Highs: 82-87

Tonight: Slight risk of evening shower, partly cloudy. Lows: Near 60 to mid-60s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy, p.m showers and t’showers possible. Highs: 83-88.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The surge of warmth coming in from the west is quite impressive as seen by the very hot readings in parts of the Plains and Midwest yesterday. Fortunately for us, we won’t see that kind of temperature jump. But, after a few days of well below normal temperatures, heading back into the 80s might not be everyone’s idea of a good time.  We’re warm more than not in the days ahead, but we’ll also have to dodge some raindrops here and there.

Today (Wednesday): Clouds should be around off and on through the day, though perhaps most persistent early. A few showers or t’showers may roll by fairly close to the north, but we tend to want to miss most or all of that activity.  Highs are mainly in the low-to-mid 80s, but maybe just above that should we optimize warmth. Winds blow from the southwest around 5-10 mph with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: There’s a slight risk of an evening shower or t’shower, but otherwise it’s partly to mostly clear. Where did those record lows of recent go? Dew points near 60 help keep readings from falling much below near 60 to the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): The warmth is a bit more entrenched, as is a westerly wind, so we shouldn’t have much trouble reaching the mid-80s most spots.  What probably helps keep us from going higher is the increased cloudiness, and a greater risk of afternoon or evening showers and storms (about 30-40% chance for now).  Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: We stay fairly cloudy, though some clearer intervals are also possible. Any showers should be isolated at worst, and largely focused to the north of the area or back in the mountains to the west.  Lows are in the upper 50s to mid-60s.   Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

The same general story continues on Friday as a frontal boundary remains in the larger region with our area most likely to the south of it. Given fairly plentiful clouds and more of a southerly wind again, temperatures shouldn’t get too much higher than 80. But factoring the air mass of days prior, mid-80s isn’t out of reach.  Confidence: Medium

The Weekend looks somewhat unsettled, with Saturday perhaps favored for more rain at this time. The frontal system to the north tries to drop over us and help focus some activity over the area on Saturday before lifting back north on Sunday in response to a growing storm to the west.  Both days should feature plentiful clouds, with highs ranging from near 70 to the mid-70s.  Confidence: Low

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