D.C. area forecast: No settling today: sunny and delightfully dry; weekend less settled with rain chances

August 7, 2014

Today’s Daily Digit

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

9
A “sunsational” day as humidity goes awol and temperatures no warmer than normal.

Express Forecast

Today: Mainly sunny. Highs: 84-88.

Tonight: Starry skies. calm. Lows: 60-66.

Tomorrow: Sun dominates, humidity still low-ish. Highs: 85-89.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

We are leading a pretty pampered existence this summer and today is certainly a good example of our spoiling with sunshine, low humidity and moderate warmth. The heat stays at bay through the weekend, but we may lose a lot of the sun while humidity creeps up.

A disturbance coming out of the Midwest could pass harmlessly to our south but it could also dispatch a few showers in the region over the weekend. But who am I to complain? The regular waterings from the sky mean the sprinkler continues to be absent this season.

Today (Thursday): A few clouds early and a few more later in the day should do little to screen the fair of skin. Low  humidity and a northerly  breeze around 10 mph makes highs in the mid-to-upper 80s reasonably comfortable. Confidence: High

Tonight: Temps should cool off quickly in the evening thanks to the lower humidity under mainly clear skies. Winds remain calm through the night with lows in the mid-50s in our cooler suburbs to the mid-60s downtown . Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine is in control with only a few passing clouds. Breezes will  be generally lacking and highs reach the mid-to-upper 80s.  However,  with humidity running uncharacteristically low it should still be relatively comfortable.  Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Evening readings quickly slip back to near 80 under starry skies. Breezes begin to pick up from  the  southeast overnight  and clouds increase but shower chances are only 20%.  Overnight lows mainly hold in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday has a good deal more cloudiness going on, and showers coming up from the south  are possible (40% chance). Highs are held to the low-to-mid 80s (or possibly as low as the 70s if it’s cloudier/rainier). The tradeoff is slightly higher  humidity though nothing really daunting.  Hopefully, there will be enough  breaks in the evening to see the full “Sturgeon Moon” rise. Shower chances  continue through the night  but significant rain amounts are unlikely. Lows are mainly mid-60s. Confidence: Medium

By Sunday the main rains to  our south are likely to be shifting out to sea but there is  still a 40% chance of a morning shower before things quiet down and skies become partly sunny. Highs  should peak in the mid-80s. Rain  chances are minimal  overnight and lows end  up in the mid-to-upper  60s. Confidence: Medium

Humidity gets back to more typical, although not excessive levels, by Monday. Partly cloudy skies help hold the highs in the mid-80s and by afternoon chances of pop-up thundershowers rises to 60%. Again,  no big rains but perhaps enough to keep parks and lawns happy.   Confidence: Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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