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It’s summer but it could be hotter! Decreasing humidity and limited rain chances. Happy Friday!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly cloudy, slight risk of storms. Upper 80s to near 90. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lower 60s to near 70. | Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 80s.| A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We run a risk of a shower or storm until the front comes through today, probably by mid-afternoon. It’s also going to be warm, and less muggy heading into evening. But let’s jump into the weekend! Slightly lower humidity and almost no threat of rain that may threaten outdoor activities. At least until the workweek begins. Temperatures may stay below 90 through Sunday, but a run at 90s look more likely after that. Enjoy these brief diet-Summer conditions!

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Today (Friday): Clouds shouldn’t be as thick as Thursday. A bit more sunshine should add a few degrees, probably upper 80s to near 90. Midday storms may start to pop around here as a cold front moves through, but really only a 30% chance of that, since most of the front’s energy is up into New England. Plus it’s probably coming in before peak late-afternoon heating. Southwest winds slowly turn to out of the west, bringing in slightly drier air. It may be a tad gusty but averaging in the 10-15 mph range. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clearing skies with a very slight risk of a remaining shower. The front should be headed south and east by evening. Mugginess goes down but temperatures only slowly follow through the 70s. Breezes continue at 5 to 15 mph, mainly out of the west. We should have overnight lows in the 60s. Downtown perhaps near 70. Lower 60s in Frederick, Salisbury, and Front Royal. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): It should be dry, so get outdoors! Skies should stay fairly clear as westerly & northwesterly breezes (10-15 mph) dry out the air a bit more. Highs in the mid-to-upper 80s are most likely. Lather on that sunscreen please! I buried the chances for showers because they’re pretty low, but there is around a 15% chance thanks to potential instability from some cold air aloft lingering to our north. We’ll watch radar for ya! Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Cash in some more on the slightly lower humidity, maybe walk outside and eat on the patio. Or a BBQ perhaps? Low temperatures eventually dip down into the low-to-mid 60s area-wide. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: “Sun”day should hold true to name. Mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-80s, perhaps an isolated 90-degree reading, mainly south of town. Dew points remain below the truly tropical, muggy level. Some increase in clouds is possible late . Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Skies should feature a mix of clouds and stars, with low temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to around 70. We do pick up a weak flow from the south, so muggier readings accompany those higher overnight lows. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday looks familiar. Cloudier skies with muggy conditions could remind us a little of this week. Being near a warm front may “encourage” temperatures up through the upper 80s, and perhaps low 90s with more peeks of sun than currently expected. This front in the area could also touch off a few afternoon thundershowers (40% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday again has lots of moisture in the air and probably some clouds. Upper-level high pressure may build in a little stronger, but for now it’s a 30% chance of showers & storms by mid-afternoon with classic Washington summertime heat on tap - highs in the low 90s or above and heat indices even worse. Confidence: Low-Medium