D.C. area forecast: Comfortably warm sprinkled with a thundershower or two

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Humidity is low on the pain scale and warmth is still a novelty, if only that umbrella wasn’t tagging along.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny, chance of scattered t-showers. Highs: 81-85.

Tonight: An evening t-shower possible. Lows: 57-63.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, isolated shower possible. Highs: 80-84.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Through Monday we have daily chances for showers but in the end there is not likely much to show for it. The bulk of the significant rains will stay to our south and that allows cooler air to push back into the area after Friday. That means a much cooler (and probably more cloudy) weekend. While that might delight you 80s-phobics but for me that ain’t no disco!

Today (Thursday): A few clouds are likely to pass over the area every now and then but the bulk of the day should have considerable sunshine. A band of showers stuck out in the Midwest may fire a couple of t-shower clusters our way but they will struggle to get across the Blue Ridge. Your chance of getting one of these brief events is only 30 percent. Highs should make the low-to-mid 80s but with humidity on the low side and light breezes it should be comfortable. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The evening may hold the best chance for a shower in the area but still only a 40 percent chance for the area and that drops off quickly by midnight. Lows slip to the upper 50s to lower 60s with calm winds. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The shower chances remain meager (20 percent) and sunshine while not constant is dominant. The highs should still manage low-to-mid 80s for one last hurrah before cooling over the weekend. Winds are mostly calm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The farther south of town you live the better your chances are for an evening thundershower but, for most, our chances languish at just 30 percent. Evening readings in the 70s are perfect. Overnight lows reach the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is notably cooler as breezes shift to come out of the northeast on the heels of a weak backdoor cold front. This should push most showers well to the south of the area but unfortunately clouds are likely to be more prevalent. As a result, lower 70s are on tap for most of us with some mid-70s if the cloud breaks are better than expected. While a light shower can’t be ruled out, it is only a 20 percent chance. If we get lucky enough to clear after sunset a clear view of the western horizon affords a nice view of Venus and Jupiter in a duet. Highs hold in the low-to-mid 70s. Overnight lows slip to the mid-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday has mild temperatures going for it but clouds are likely to be dominant again as more humid air to the south clashes with the cooler air still in place over the area. Highs should again hold in the lower 70s unless the sun wins out unexpectedly and we get mid-70s instead. If the warm air starts to win out showers chances could increase to 30 percent by evening. Overnight lows are upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday should see only slightly more in the way of sun but shower chances (40%) are up as well. Highs should be in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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