D.C. area forecast: Setting up for a great weekend on windy coattails

June 14, 2013

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
I dig the 70s to around 80 temps, plus drier air. Could do without the wind though.

Express Forecast

Today: Mix of clouds and sun. Windy. Highs: Mid-70s to around 80.

Tonight: Decreasing clouds, less breeze. Lows: Mid-50s to around 60.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, nice! Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.

Sunday: Mainly sunny until late. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Once we get through today’s transition of drier, more spring-like air wooshing into the region, we have a great setup for a more serene weekend. Not until a potential late Sunday shower or storm risk do we think, “oh yeah, isn’t it supposed to be more muggy this time of year?” The workweek delivers more hazy, hot, humid (and increased shower/storm chances) for summer lovers.

Wind Speed Map

Winds:Latest D.C. area wind speeds (mph). See more maps on our Weather Wall.

Today (Friday): Scattered mainly early morning showers and sprinkles.  Otherwise, partially sunny skies keep UV in check for much of the day, but some of you may have wanted to enjoy, unfettered, the earliest sunrise of the year. While high temperatures could range widely from mid-70s to around 80–dependent on just how much sunshine we can muster—moderate 10-20 mph north-northwesterly winds keep us refreshed. With cold air aloft, any periods of sunshine should “self-destruct” into more cloud cover. There is an outside chance of a wind gust up to 30 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Slowly we clear off in the evening, especially after sunset. The sun was its own worst enemy, as far as cloud production was concerned. Breezes in the 5-10 mph range out of the northwest are much more tolerable than the daytime wind. Consider airing out the house, as low temperatures fall to around 60 downtown, and mid-50s outside the Beltway. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Simply splendid with light breezes out of the northwest and high temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s. Perhaps a few warmer readings well south of town. I think all summertime “interest groups” will be able to get in their outdoor activities and recreation! The air will feel great and un-humid. Just please wear that sunscreen. Lots of it. Along with UV protecting sunglasses. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Unremarkable but underrated, but staying mostly clear. Low temperatures actually get to somewhat enjoyable low-to-mid 60s for most of us. A few of us may even consider opening windows to save on the A/C bill. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Quick. Before summer fully wakes up… Enjoy sunshine, mid-to-upper 80s, and “only moderate” mugginess levels. Clouds may increase as the afternoon wears on, but if they move in too early, we could end up a few degrees cooler. I should keep a small mention of showers or storms (20% chance) for the late afternoon, just in case. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Murky, somewhat muggy mid-60s to near 70 (downtown) is about as far as we can cool off. Showers and storm chances may actually increase (from 40% to 60% chance) as the evening wears on, with a pattern again supportive of storminess rolling in from the northwest perhaps back in play. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday may have some showers and/or storms, but nothing too intense or heavy (as it appears now). More clouds than sun should keep temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s. Chances for a shower or thundershower are in the 50-60% range. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday has even more mugginess with soupy skies not showing sun too much. Luckily temperatures don’t get higher than the mid-to-upper 80s. But that is quite enough to feel like a classic D.C. summer day. Showers and storms still have a decent (40-50%) chance of dampening us, so keep that umbrella nearby. Confidence: Low-Medium

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