D.C. area forecast: A tranquil Saturday, but turning hotter and stormier after

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

7
Not much different than Friday. Pretty average for this time of year!

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly to partly sunny. Highs: Mid-80s to near 90.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: Upper 60s to low 70s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, p.m. storm? Highs: Near 90 to mid-90s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Following a turbulent week, we’re looking at another weekend of at least comparative tranquility. Most or all of the time may be dry for a majority of us. Today’s temperatures are pretty close to normal for this time of year, but readings are on the rise for tomorrow. Looks like some good pool and beach days! Storm threats tick up slightly by late Sunday, but Monday and Tuesday are the days we’re watching closely when it comes to possible intense activity.

Today (Saturday): Skies are mostly sunny for much of the day, with a potential buildup of some puffy cumulus during peak heating in the afternoon. South winds start to pump moisture up again, but it should remain mostly tolerable through the day. Highs mainly head to the upper 80s, but let’s say mid-80s to near 90 to be all inclusive. A lone storm or two may pop in the afternoon, especially in western parts of the area and in the higher terrain west of that. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: If a storm pops up during the day, it will die off pretty quick with sundown. Otherwise, partly to mostly clear skies through the night with light south winds continuing. Lows are in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  Quite pleasant, if you ask me. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): We’ve got a nice taste of amped up July heat and humidity to close the weekend, so you might want to seek air conditioning or take some dips in water. Winds from the southwest around 5-10 mph keep bringing in higher levels of humidity, and it should approach oppressive by afternoon. As highs rise to the near 90 to mid-90s zone, storm chances grow to about 30%-40% during the late day. Any could be strong. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A risk of showers and thunderstorms may continue or even be enhanced for a time overnight. But, I’d plan on the majority of it being dry at your location. Take a peek here or at radar before heading out maybe? Under partly to mostly cloudy skies, temperatures only dip to lows near 70 in the cool spots and into the mid-70s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

It’s another hot and humid one on Monday. Perhaps generally on par with Sunday temperature-wise, but more in the way of cloudiness and afternoon storms may keep us slightly cooler. Most spots shoot for near 90 or the low 90s. Storms become likely (60% chance) by afternoon, though they should tend to be isolated or scattered rather than widespread. However, any storms that fire up could be strong to severe through evening. A shower and storm threat may persist at night, probably in diminished fashion, as lows settle mainly into the low 70s. Confidence: Medium

The forecast gets extra tricky for Tuesday. Will our coming cool-down push in early in the day or hold off till late? In the former scenario, we see a likely muted shower and storm risk end by or around midday. In the latter, scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms are likely as the day wears on, with a severe weather outbreak possible. For now, the latter scenario seems like it’s a little more likely than not. With a range of possible options still on the table, high temperatures anywhere between the mid-80s and low 90s seem likely. Confidence: Low-Medium

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