Any afternoon storms today could be severe

Today’s Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

Lovin’ highs in the 80s. Not so lovin’ chance of p.m. storms, possibly severe.
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Today: Partly sunny & warm. Chance of p.m. storms, possibly severe. Mid-80s. | Tonight: Clearing skies. Upper 40s to mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Turning mostly sunny. 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The weather this spring just cannot seem to hit a stride, and that trend is set to continue right through the weekend. We’ve got forecast highs ranging from the 80s to the 50s (maybe even some 40s) - all in the next several days - with some days dry and some days showery and/or stormy. Today is one of those potentially stormy days, and if storms do develop they could be severe. For those searching for a clear-cut dry and sunny weekend, keep looking because the coming one offers more shower/storm chances, though parts of Saturday and/or Sunday may be perfectly nice.

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Today (Wednesday): It’s a partly sunny and summery kind of day (mild and a touch humid) with the chance of a morning shower, mainly north and west of D.C., before a warm front lifts well to the north. By late morning, warm winds from the southwest increase to near 15-20 mph with gusts near 30 mph. In the afternoon, highs likely spike to the mid-80s and we run the risk of scattered showers and thunderstorms ahead of an advancing cold front. Some storms could be severe with damaging winds and/or large hail. Confidence: Medium

Probability of thunder: 40-50%
Coverage: Scattered
Most Likely Timing: Noon to 7 p.m.

Tonight: The cold front and shower/storm threat should be on its way out by or during the early evening (again, if there are any lingering storms they could be severe), followed by clearing skies and overnight lows falling to the upper 40s to mid-50s (suburbs to city). Winds, still a bit breezy, shift to come out of a cooler northwest direction. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Thursday): The cold front is out and high pressure builds in. That means skies turning mostly sunny and highs in the 60s. Breezes are steady but refreshing, from the northwest around 15 mph with some higher gusts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Looks like we’ll stay dry through most or all of the night. But can’t completely rule out a few showers drifting in from the west toward morning as clouds increase and lows dip to the 40s for most, maybe touching the upper 30s in the coolest spots well north and west of town. Confidence: Medium-High


Well Friday just doesn’t look great with skies probably becoming mostly cloudy or overcast and a pretty good chance of occasional showers if not a period of steadier rain. Cool breezes from the east should limit highs to the 50s or (gasp) upper 40s. If rain amounts are high enough then flooding could become a concern again, especially from the District toward points north and west. Shower chances continue Friday night with temperatures mainly steady in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

We might still have some scattered showers or storms to contend with this weekend courtesy a stalled frontal boundary. But there’s also the chance of some sun with Saturday and Sunday highs anywhere from near 70 to near 80, and Saturday night lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium