Showers and thunderstorms Tuesday night

(originally posted at 4:45 p.m., updated with blurbs at 6:30 and 7 p.m.)

It’s been hard to shed the clouds today, but the warm air flow from the south has restored a summery airmass. With only partial sunshine, much of the region has climbed into the mid-to-upper 70s. We do about five degrees higher tomorrow, before Tuesday night’s rain and storms.

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Through Tonight: It remains mostly cloudy, and with persistently southerly flow, temperatures remain quite mild. Lows range from near 60 (in the cooler suburbs) into the mid-60s (downtown)

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We should see a little more sunshine than today, pushing temperatures into the low 80s. Winds are from the south at 10-15 mph. Showers and thunderstorms, which may be heavy, probably hold off until after the evening commute.

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Hurricane hunters at Patuxent River tomorrow: Hurricane Hunter aircraft and crew will be at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station tomorrow. There will be public tours between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Visit the National Weather Service website for more information.

Climate change discussion with Bob Ryan, Richard Lindzen and Pat Michaels in D.C. Wednesday: Now this ought to be interesting - Cato Institute Senior Fellow Pat Michaels, author of the new book Climate Coup, is moderating a book forum featuring MIT professor Richard Lindzen and WJLA meteorologist Bob Ryan on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The forum is open to the public and free of charge (registration deadline noon Tuesday). It will also be streamed online.

Donations to help residents of Tuscaloosa: pickup in Alexandria Tuesday morning: - The groups Toomers for Tuscaloosa and the University of Alabama DC area alumni association are seeking a wide range of essential supplies to assist those in need in the wake of the destructive tornado outbreak. They will pick-up donations at 3900 King St, Alexandria starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning

Pollen update: Walter Reed reported yesterday’s rain washed out today’s pollen count.