D.C. area forecast: A fantastic Friday before a cloudier and possibly showery weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Comfortable levels of humidity should give us one of the closest approaches to “dry heat” that D.C. gets!

Express Forecast

Today: More sun than clouds. Highs: 83-88.

Tonight: Slowly increasing clouds. Lows: Mid-60s to near 70.

Tomorrow: Mainly cloudy, showers possible. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.

Sunday: Showers or t’showers possible among dry times. Highs: Around 80 to mid-80s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite shows movement of clouds over past two hours. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall.

Today might be the best day over the next bunch. While this weekend should be cloudier, our gardens could enjoy some of the potential dampness over the coming days. After weekend clouds, and potential raindrops, we’ll be back into more of a typical stagnant summer pattern. Warm days, humidity and a risk of late-day storms. We’ve got it all (except maybe snow) in the time ahead!

Today (Friday): High pressure has built in from the north. We should stay mostly sunny with only a few periodic clouds at times. Breezes remain light (5-10 mph) for much of the day but we shift from a northerly direction in the morning to southerly direction by late afternoon. High temperatures should warm into the mid-80s for almost everyone in the region. Enjoy humidity that’s almost nonexistent. A dry heat – sort of. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds are more noticeably on the increase, but some stars should be visible through late evening. Breezes out of the southeast may be pushy, especially closer to dawn, but they should stay in the 5-10 mph range. Shower chances should stay pretty low (after midnight) but are highest when approaching dawn, at around 10-15%. Ultimately, low temperatures bottom in the mid-to-upper 60s. Perhaps around 70 downtown, especially if clouds move in earlier than expected. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Very cloudy and a bit muggy. Some showers may move in from the south as the day wears on (25-35% chance). High temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s appear likely. Southeast winds may feel refreshing at times, around 5-10 mph. Note that if we get cloudier and rainier than currently expected, temperatures could halt at or below the 80-degree mark. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Unfortunately, mostly cloudy skies may hide the “Sturgeon Moon” rise. Shower chances remain, and may even rise a bit, toward the 35-45% range. Heavy rains remain unlikely, but a couple lucky locales could see over a tenth of an inch. Low temperatures may stay balmy in the mid-60s to around 70 (downtown). Light south winds continue around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: We still may stay mostly cloudy and have a chance (40%) of some showers throughout the day. This is despite the heaviest of rains likely staying south of town and slowly moving offshore. If we are lucky, we may even see a few peeks of sunshine by late afternoon. Though, this could lead to some thundershowers as well–should the atmosphere get percolated enough by said sunshine. High temperatures may stay as low as around 80 degrees, but expected sunshine should help boost many of us into the mid-80s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Clouds may stay strong. Rain chances remain around 40% in the evening, but decrease slowly but surely as the night marches on. Stars could be hard to spot, though, with fairly consistent cloud cover. The low temperatures may stay in that somewhat muggy range—just prior to dawn—briefly bottoming in the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

Our summertime haze and humidity wants to return fully on Monday, along with a 40% chance of showers and storms. Skies should remain partly cloudy, which helps keep us from getting too hot, beyond the low-to-mid 80s at least. Gardens, parks, lawns, may like some of this rain, and even drivers may like that full-on downpours should remain minimal. . Confidence: Medium

Tuesday’s another fairly typical late summer day in D.C., with partly cloudy mornings leading to afternoon showers and storms being possible (around 40% chance). We haven’t had too much of this humidity but it shouldn’t be terrible, even if we aren’t used to it lately. High temperatures should top out in the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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