August seems ready to pick up where July left off, with heat becoming the main story the next few days. Today’s highs in the upper 80s to near 90 weren’t too bad, though with another 90+ day at National, we’ve already met our typical average of 36 such days in an entire year. And, that’s as low as highs will be at least through Friday. A few showers and storms earlier dissipated leaving partly cloudy skies behind, however we could see a few more rain drops yet, particularly before sunset.

Through Tonight: It’s partly cloudy through the evening and night. A few showers or storms may spread into the area from the west or just pop up randomly. I don’t expect much coverage, so let’s say 30%-40% (east to west) chance or so at any one spot. After sunset, just an isolated shower is possible. Lows range from the mid-60s to lower 70s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies are mostly to partly clear throughout the day. Rain chances are lower than they’ve been. I wouldn’t be surprised to see no rain in the area, but can’t totally rule out an isolated late-day storm. Highs should range from the low-to-mid 90s, probably more focused on the mid-90s. South winds keep humidity levels high.

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Tropics: After no July tropical storms for the first time since 2009, it appears we’ll have something to track in the coming days. An area of disturbed weather has recently been declared Tropical Depression #5 well east of the Caribbean Islands. It is moving to the west-northwest around 20 mph and is in a favorable location for further development.

Pollen update: Tree and weed pollen is currently LOW, and grass pollen is LOW/MODERATE. Mold spores are MODERATE.