PM Update: Slight shower risk tonight, and warm on Thursday

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

Our midday bout of rain and thunder helped keep temperatures slightly muted, but we still reached highs in low-and-mid 60s or so. That area of rain has now pushed off to the east, and concerns for more are minimal. The main story of coming days is a warm-up that begins tomorrow.

Through Tonight: Despite rain ending, we should continue to see a fair amount of cloudiness roll by through the night. A few isolated showers are also possible at times (20% chance). So, breaks are likely somewhat fleeting. With a warm front lifting to the north, it’s a mild one with lows only reaching the mid-50s to near 60 range most spots.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies may remain quite cloud filled into the morning, yet we should expect at least partial sunshine on average for the day. It’s also a bit toasty, as highs head for near 80 to the mid-80s in general. Dew points are around 60, so you’ll notice some humidity. Winds are from the southwest around 10 mph.

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Radar estimated rainfall totals from today’s storminess. (Weather Underground)

Rain totals: Today’s rain came down moderately to heavily at times but it didn’t stick around too long. D.C. (as recorded at National Airport) picked up 0.14″ during the noon to early afternoon period. Dulles recorded 0.18″ from the batch of rain, and BWI logged 0.18″. Some locations, mainly west of the city and into higher elevations, picked up as much as a half inch of rain or more based on radar estimates.

Wicked dust devil: A small yet apparently powerful dust devil was observed in Worcester, UK on May 3rd. Described as a “20 foot tall cloud of dust and gravel” it exhibited a drill bit appearance at the base featuring very quick motion. The dust devil moved slow enough for people to chase after it as well! No damage was reported.

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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