D.C. area forecast: Nicer than Friday, but remaining humid with rain threats ahead

10:55 a.m. update: A batch of organized showers has been working toward us during the morning. For the most part, this activity should swing southeast of the area, but we’ll continue to see some off and on showers through about noon or a little later. We still expect some breaks in the clouds this afternoon.

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
Skies turn clearer following Andrea’s dousing, though we don’t see full humidity relief behind it.

Express Forecast

Today: Variably cloudy. Shower? Highs: Near 80 to mid-80s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows: Low 60s to near 70.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Afternoon thunderstorms? Highs: 83-88.

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After the area got drenched with rain from Andrea, we take a bit of a breather through the weekend, though every day ahead features at least some risk of rain. That breather also comes with moderate to high humidity levels, and some toasty days as well. There should be plenty of rain-free outdoor time during the weekend at least!

Today (Saturday): We should be about partly cloudy on the whole, but a little disturbance moving by might trigger cloudier periods. A few showers may try to pop up during the heating of the day, but they should be widely scattered and generally brief if they occur (20%-30% chance). Highs range from near 80 into the low 80s, perhaps as high as the mid-80s. Winds are light, mainly from the west. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Near-sunset temperatures range from around 70 to the mid-70s. Overnight skies are partly to mostly cloudy. With plentiful low-level moisture and light winds, a spot of two of fog may develop late night. Lows dip to the low 60s in the coolest spots to near 70 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): It’s lookin’ partly sunny and rather toasty as temperatures range from about 83-88 for highs. Add in dew points near 70 and it might not feel too pleasant during the afternoon. At least we’ll have a bit of a breeze, from the south, around 10 mph. In a higher heat and high humidity environment, I can’t totally rule out a pop up shower or storm, but odds are only about 30% of such. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Humidity levels stay way up there, so we’re limited when it comes to overnight cooling. Add in partly to mostly cloudy skies and lows probably only make the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday features a low pressure system passing through the Lakes. It’s proximity to the region should help kick off some late day showers and storms (60% chance). Details of morning sunshine and timing of features are to be worked out, but some of storms could be strong to severe. Despite more in the way of cloudiness compared to Sunday, highs probably still generally head for the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Medium

The cold front should kick through on Tuesday at some point in the afternoon, though it may want to stall out in the region as well. With the front around, and good wind shear aloft (venting for storms), we should run that risk (50% chance) yet again as the day goes (possibly favoring south and east overall). Highs again shoot for the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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