D.C. area forecast: Some rain to dodge into tonight, but turning delightful afterward

2:30 p.m. update: It’s been a tale of two zones today. If you’re over northern parts of the area you might characterize it as fairly damp, while in D.C. and to the south there’s been nothing more than some brief sprinkles. A batch of more consistent showers that was moving through northern counties is now pushing east, but additional scattered showers are forming northwest and may target much of the area in the hours ahead.

8:45 a.m. update: A few light, spotty showers are pushing through the region this morning but should move off or fall apart by late morning. We still expect most daylight hours to be dry (though cloudier than not), but shower chances increase again this afternoon. Keep an eye on radar and future updates (see Twitter feed below).

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
Clouds probably too numerous to go higher, but shower threat not enough to mess with plans much.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, showers and t’showers possible. Highs: 82-87.

Tonight: Showers and t’showers possible. Clearing late. Lows: 62-68.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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We’re now about two weeks beyond the typical hottest part of the year, but August can still be brutal locally. That’s not the case this year so far, and into the near future. Instead, we’re more likely to see a resumption of Septemberlike weather after we get this next front and its shower/storm chances through this weekend.

Today (Saturday): It’s looking rather cloudy as a cold front approaches, but we might get some breaks at times. Much of the day should be dry at any one location, though as we get into afternoon and evening showers and storms (50% chance) will want to approach from the northwest. Highs are mainly in the mid-80s, ranging from 82-87. Winds are from the southwest around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Periods of showers and thundershowers are possible (50% chance) at times through at least midnight or so. Most of the rainfall should be inconsequential, though a few spots might see a more prolonged downpour. Lows dip into the 60s — as far as the lower 60s north and west to the upper 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

nice dayTomorrow (Sunday): This is looking like a real winner at any time of the year, let alone early August. Skies may still be clearing around sunrise, but most of the day is largely sunny. Highs range from the low-to-mid-80s. A wind from the northwest around 10-20 mph may be noticeably gusty at times. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear skies persist as winds diminish. With a fresh air mass overhead, lows in the 50s seem like a good bet for the suburbs while downtown probably makes the lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

nice dayMonday should be our second “wow!” day in a row. Nothing like piling them up in early August. Skies are mostly sunny and highs only rise to around 80! Could be pretty tempting to skip out of some or all of the work day… Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday keeps the good times coming, though temperatures might edge up a bit and clouds might be more numerous. Not far enough on either count for it to be annoying though. Look for highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium

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