PM Update: Livin’ the weather good life locally; Tropical system brewing in the Gulf?

Temperature Map

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

Following our notably chilly morning, a gorgeous day set up shop over the region. Highs mostly ranged from near 70 to the mid-70s, or just about perfect. Not many clouds in the sky either! Temperatures are up a bit tonight compared to last night and tomorrow compared to today, but nothing to disrupt this beautiful pattern just yet.

Through Tonight: Skies are partly to mostly clear, with sunset temperatures falling into the 60s. It’s another cool one, but dewpoints (and thus temps) are up from last night, so lows are mainly in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Some mid-40s are also possible in the cold spots. Winds are light from the south.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Another crisp morning, but nothing unbearable. Then, take today, add perhaps a few more clouds and a few more degrees. Mostly sunny and mid-to-upper 70s can’t really be beat. A serene south wind from 5 to 10 mph only adds to the splendor. Join me outside for a long lunch — maybe an early exit from work… ;-)

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US Capital with flag at half staff on 9/17/2013 (John Sonderman via Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/johnsonderman/9792609613/in/pool-capitalweather

US Capitol Building with flag at half staff on 9/17/2013. (John Sonderman via Flickr)

Tropical trouble in the Gulf? Low pressure has emerged back over water today, after crossing the Yucatan Peninsula. While organization of this system remains poor, the National Hurricane Center gives it a 70% chance of developing into a tropical cyclone over the next 48 hours. Unknowns about its track are high (model spread is from the Mexican coast into the northern Gulf of Mexico), but additional heavy rain in areas impacted by Ingrid, as well as parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast, is a good bet.

Pollen update: Weed pollen and mold spores are low/moderate. Grass and tree pollen is low.

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