D.C. area forecast: Unlimited sun today; unwelcome t’storm chances this weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

9
After the last two days more seasonable heat/humidity feel like an 8 to me but for the pool bound it is a 10, ergo, I compromise.

Express Forecast

Today: Mainly sunny, a little more humid. Highs: 84-88.

Tonight: Increasing clouds, isolated showers late. Lows: 64-70.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, p.m. t’storms likely. Highs: 82-86.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The reality of summer sneaks back into the area but no worse than seasonably so, ending a rather benign month that was itself near normal. That is hard for  me to believe as it sure seemed nicer but guess we are just used to a lot worse.

For those of you who planned your beach weekend for the upcoming one, sorry. We are on the highway of disturbances coming up the I-95 corridor through Monday. While there are some models really trying to drown us (4 inch weekend totals!),  my guess is the bulk of us settle for a bunch of sprinkles, occasional showers, and a few downpours all adding up to around an inch. It had better not be much less than that for I have forgotten where I put my yard sprinkler.

Today (Thursday): Sunny skies start the day but with a breeze out of the south at 5-10 mph the humidity climbs. That should supply enough moisture for some typical pop up afternoon clouds but shower chances are nearly nil.  Highs are back to normal for a change, topping out mainly in the upper 80s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds gradually thicken through the evening with readings near 80. A light south breeze keeps the higher humidity levels relatively  comfortable. By late night a few isolated showers (30%  chance) could sneak in but rain amounts should be quite light. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): While showers are possible most anytime the best chance is the afternoon (60%) and a few t’storms are likely to accompany. The nearly constant  cloud cover should hold highs in the mid-80s and also help  to minimize the potential for any strong storms. Breezes are generally light from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Thunderstorm chances (70%) could persist through much of the night and humidity levels rise to the occasion. Lows only slide to the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is not likely to give us many  glimpses of the sun and if it does, it will most likely up the rain potential which is being set at 60% for now. The good thing is that non-stop rains are not expected so there should  be plenty of breaks to do outdoor stuff. However,  knowing for sure when those lulls in showers occur is a much trickier proposition. Not  that I am rooting (okay I am) but I  am  guessing that much of the activity could be reserved for overnight. Daytime highs are mainly held to the lower 80s but if cloud breaks are more frequent, mid-80s would still be doable. Overnight lows range from upper 60s out of town to lower 70s in town. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is nearly a carbon copy of Saturday with ever present shower chances (70%), abundant clouds, palpable humidity, and highs in the low-to-mid 80s. I am most offended by the likely obscuring of an evening conjunction of Mars, Saturn, and the crescent moon,  but will stand by just in case an errant cloud break occurs. Overnight lows slip to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium

Shower chances diminish by Monday to 40% but it will take until Tuesday to, hopefully, get a chance to retire the umbrella.  Look for highs in mainly in the mid-80s and still no sign of a break in the moderate to high humidity, depending  on  your sensibilities. Confidence: Medium

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