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PM Update: Scattered showers and storms this evening; gradual weekend drying

Update 8:30 p.m.: The scattered showers and storms mainly south of the District have long moved off. There are some storms in Pennsylvania moving southeast that we’ll watch for later but they’re unlikely to make it here. For the most part, we dodged the thunderstorm bullet this evening.

The work week has closed on a warm, sticky note. It sure felt like a summer preview with temperatures in the 80s, high humidity, and a few thunderstorms. Some additional scattered showers and storms are likely this evening before a drying trend begins. We can’t totally shake shower chances on Saturday, but Sunday promises to be rain-free.

Through Tonight: There’s about a 50/50 chance of showers and thunderstorms. In other words, about half of us should experience measurable rain. A few storms could produce heavy downpours, lightning, some gusty winds and even small hail. Showers and storms should wind down by 10 or 11 p.m. Then it’s partly to mostly cloudy, with lows 60-65.

The weekend: Saturday’s partly sunny, warm, and not quite as humid as Friday. There’s a 20% chance of a shower, mainly west and southwest of town during the afternoon. Highs range from 77-83 (north-south). Light winds from the north at 5-10 mph. For Saturday night’s Supermoon and Aquarid meteor shower, it’s partly cloudy, with lows 51-57 (suburbs-city). Sunday’s the best day of the weekend, with highs 72-76 under partly sunny skies.

See Camden Walker’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.

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.

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