Heat and humidity back for the long weekend
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Today: Sunny with low humidity. 83-87. | Tonight: Starry skies and calm. 57-64. | Tomorrow: Sunny and dry. 87-91. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
Today is about as good as summer gets around here. Humidity does not come slinking back in until Saturday. Of the holiday weekend days, Sunday has the most oppressive heat, making you look for the nearest beach or pool. Unfortunately, rain potential is almost nil. I will say more about the implications of that later today in my gardening blog post. The good news is that fireworks displays on Monday should have great viewing weather. And the beaches will be perfection. More on that at the end of this forecast.
Today (Thursday): This is a sleeper of a forecast if there ever was one. Low humidity, light breezes from the north and non-stop sunshine. Temperatures lazily climb to the mid-80s in nearly all areas. Make up any excuse to get outside. Confidence: High
Tonight: The stars will twinkle brightly thanks to the new moon. Breezes from the west are barely noticeable and evening readings will be in the 70s. Snag an outdoor table at the local cafe and enjoy. Lows range from the upper 50s to mid 60s. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...
Tomorrow (Friday): A light breeze from the northwest is our protector from the humidity today. Perfectly sunny skies will allow temperatures to run up to the upper 80s to lower 90s but with the dryness, complaints are likely to be few. For the mass exodus from the city for the weekend, travel conditions are excellent. Confidence: High
Tomorrow night: Another beauty of an evening for those of you not rushing to the hinterlands. Evening readings are upper 70s to lower 80s. Clear and calm conditions prevail. Overnight lows slip to the lower 60s suburbs but hang in the upper 60s downtown. Confidence: High
Saturday is back to more typical summer weather. Humidity levels climb as do the temperatures under sunny skies. The warm up is compounded by the notably dry soils we have across most of the area now. As a result, highs should zip up to the low-to-mid 90s in much of the region. Breezes are still infrequent and light. The evening is warm with readings in the 80s and increasingly muggy. Lows should hold in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: High
Sunday brings an odd phenomena in the sky...clouds! A weak cold front is headed across the area. However, it should hold true to this season and give no more than a 20% chance of showers. Winds shift to come from the northwest and temperatures sore. One of my favorite sayings is that in DC it always warms up after a cold front passes! Highs will be in the mid-to-upper 90s and humidity makes it even more unbearable. Evening readings hold in the mid-to-upper 80s. It is a good night for viewing the sliver of a moon and Saturn in the western sky after sunset! Lows should reach the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High
Independence Day (Monday) is actually looking a little better on the recent model runs so keep your fingers crossed. Humidity and temperatures should both fade a bit and skies are mainly without clouds. Highs reach the upper 80s to lower 90s. It should be a lovely evening for the fireworks with great visibility and just enough of a wind from the west to clear the smoke away for each successive volley. Temperatures for the festivities should be in the 80s. Confidence: Medium-High
...Updated at 11:30 p.m. June 30...
Beachcast:Weather conditions will be fairly uniform this weekend from the south Jersey beaches all the way down to the Outer Banks. The only chance of a few showers comes on Sunday and chances are a mere 20% throughout the area. Otherwise, sunny and very warm are the words we all want to hear and this weekend promises not to disappoint. Highs range from the lower 80s at the Jersey beaches to near 90 on the Carolina beaches on Friday Everybody then moves up a level for Saturday and Sunday with mid -80s north to lower 90s south. Monday is only a degree or two cooler in most spots. Low should generally be in the upper 60s north to mid 70s south. Waves should be harmless with most only 1 to 2 feet and water temperatures have warmed to refreshing levels of upper 60s around Cape May to Lewes, lower 70s Rehoboth to Ocean City, mid-70s Virginia beaches and upper 70s Outer Banks. Happy beaching!