D.C. area forecast: More summery the next few days

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Near-average heat & humidity would often rank middle of road in August, but we’ve been spoiled and want our early fall back!

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, humid. 50% chance of showers/storms. Highs: 84-88.

Tonight: 50% chance of showers/storm. Lows: 70-75.

Tomorrow: Mainly cloudy. 60% chance of showers/storms. Highs: 86-90.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Welcome back to the summer we all know and…well, you fill in the blank. Thunderstorm chances perk up with the added humidity and more heat. Still not super hot, and not a slam dunk that all areas get soaked. Do not despair, fall lovers, humidity retreats some by Saturday but it takes an extra day to take the edge off the the heat. Looks like the bulk of the weekend can be enjoyed in relative peace with rain chances down (but not out) before rising again Monday.


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Today (Thursday): Glimpses of sun are few and far between, but that doesn’t spare us from warmer temperatures and the air is just plain “juicy.” Highs likely make the mid-to-upper 80s unless showers and storms get off to an early start. Rain chances, mainly late morning through afternoon, are set at about 50%. Some could see a hefty shower or thunderstorm, while others might only see a few drops or nothing at all. Winds are from the south at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A 50% chance of showers and isolated thunderstorms lingers into the evening and overnight. Light breezes out of the south aren’t much comfort as humidity remains high. Overnight lows hold in the low-to-mid 70s under mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds still hang tough for much of the day and so does that nasty dampness. Light winds from the southwest are little comfort as highs mainly reach the upper 80s to perhaps near 90. There’s a 60% chance you’ll need the umbrella at some point. Many showers may be on the light side, but can’t rule out a downpour for some. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: We just can’t shake those pesky shower and storm chances as they hold up at 50% through the night. Unless you’re flying somewhere, a mostly cloudy evening should keep you from seeing a great conjunction of the crescent moon and Venus just after sunset. Lows settle in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

By Saturday skies should turn at least partly sunny as a breeze from the northwest helps humidity levels slowly but surely slip lower. Still, there’s a 20-30% chance of a few showers or afternoon t-storms, especially south of the city. Cooler air doesn’t make it in quite yet, so upper 80s to near 90 are likely for highs again. The evening cools into the more refreshing low 80s and upper 70s, ending up in the mid-60s to low 70s for overnight lows. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is probably the nicer day of the weekend with low to moderate humidity and a slower rise in temperatures. Throw in partly to mostly sunny skies and only a 20% chance of a shower or thunderstorm, and we have ourselves a pretty decent outdoor kind of day. Highs top out in the mid-80s. Sunday night readings drop nicely, to lows in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium

Monday sees a few more clouds and some showers may sneak back into the area from the south by afternoon. For now we’ll put rain chances at about 40%. Highs top out in the mid-80s again.  Confidence: Medium

 

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