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Forecast: Swampy showers today; chilly weekend weather ahead

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High humidity with showers, storms, and a frequent gloomy overcast. Who could ask for less?
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Today: Cloudy, showers, storms, muggy. 77-81. | Tonight: Cloudy with more showers. 62-69. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with more shower chances. 78-82. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Our mucky, muddy, muggy mess wears onward today as increased showers and storms deliver more moisture to our mosquito-infested world. Yet another stalled upper level low continues to sit and spin over the Midwest. Counter-clockwise flow around that low keeps the warmth and humidity pumping northward. By late this week, the system will flush out as a stronger cold front sweeps the area. The weekend may still be peppered by some cloud cover (especially Saturday), but at least we trend drier and much cooler with highs only in the 60s.

Today (Tuesday): Near constant cloud cover with intermittent showers and storms (80% likelihood) as a feeder band around the large Midwest low pressure drifts over our area. The air feels super-muggy again with highs from the upper 70s to the low 80s. Light winds feed into the area from the south at 5-10 mph. Rainfall totals could range from .25” to .5”. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly cloudy skies, muggy, with a 60% chance of more showers. Lows range through the 60s (warmer in the city). Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): This looks like more of the same to me, but the shower chance is lower (40%), and we could see a break in the clouds briefly at times in the afternoon that could allow temperatures to inch slightly higher than Tuesday into the low 80s. Those light winds from the south ensure a humid air mass holds in place. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 30% chance of showers yet again. Lows ranging from 61-67 (suburb-city) Confidence: Medium-High


Thursday actually sees the pesky Midwest low pressure area being forced east across our area. Right now, it looks like the heaviest associated precipitation will pass to our north, but there is still a 40% chance of showers under (you guessed it) cloudy skies and muggy conditions. Highs from the upper 70s to around 80. Thursday night should see cloudy skies, lingering showers, and lows a bit cooler in the upper 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium

Friday features a big cold front that could (yet again) be accompanied by showers (30% chance), but with notably cooler temperatures by afternoon and evening. Temperatures should reach into the low-to-mid 70s, but there is a chance, they could start dropping by mid-to-late afternoon. By Friday night, breezy conditions will enhance the chill of colder low temperatures that reach down to the low-to-mid 50s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend carries an autumn chill in the air with highs in the 60s and lows in the upper 40s to low-to-mid 50s. Saturday runs the risk of being partly-to-mostly cloudy with a few passing light showers possible. Sunday looks better in the sky condition category with partly sunny skies. Let’s hope we’ll see enough sunshine to dry out this DC-area swamp a little bit! Confidence: Low-Medium


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