The Washington Post

PM Update: Cold front passage ends shower threat; serene weather returns Tuesday

Highs up near and just past 70 today are a bit warmer than we’d usually expect in mid-October, and when you factor in the humidity, it was a fairly un-autumnlike day. Showers and thundershowers that have plagued the area off-and-on will soon come to an end as a front pushes east through the rest of the region by evening.

Radar & lightning: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: The final line of showers, some heavy, is moving through west-central parts of the area. Expect it to totally clear the area by 6-8 p.m. Behind the front, cooler and drier air filters in on a north wind around 10 mph, which decreases late evening or after midnight. Clouds also start clearing more after the front passes, and we should by partly to mostly clear before too long as well. Lows should make the mid-and-upper 40s, maybe 50 in town.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Sweet fall conditions return! Mostly sunny skies are greeted with cooler temperatures, but not too cool to be enjoyable. Highs rise toward the mid-60s many spots, with a range of about 63-67 across the area.

See Jason Samenow’s forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Tropics: Tropical Storm Rafael, currently a good ways north of Puerto Rico, is expected to become a hurricane shortly (perhaps within the hour on the next update). As of this morning, Rafael had sustained winds of 70 mph, which is just shy of hurricane strength. If/when it becomes a hurricane, it will be the ninth of the season in the Atlantic.

Pollen update: All pollen types are low, as are mold spores.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.


Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read


Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
Making family dinnertime happen
Deaf banjo player teaches thousands
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
Play Videos
A veteran finds healing on a dog sled
Learn to make this twice-baked cookie
How to prevent 'e-barrassment'
Play Videos
Syrian refugee: 'I’m committed to the power of music'
The art of tortilla-making
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Circus nuns: These sisters are no act
5 ways to raise girls to be leaders
Cool off with sno-balls, a New Orleans treat