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PM Update: Skies to clear for a sun-filled Thursday

This morning’s wind-swept, cold rains were miserable, especially for May. It’s good mother nature has that out of her system. Although partial sunshine has nudged afternoon temperatures to 55-60, you’ll need the jacket this evening through tomorrow morning as they fall back through the 50s into the 40s. Tomorrow afternoon brings sunny splendor.

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area 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: An isolated shower is possible through sunset, but then we should totally dry out. Skies are partly cloudy overnight, with chilly lows ranging from the upper 30s in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 40s downtown. It feels even a little chiller considering a breeze from the northwest at around 10 mph.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Skies are mostly sunny and it’s quite pleasant for the most part. Highs reach the mid-to-upper 60s but some may complain about a breeze from the northwest at 10-15 mph with some higher gusts. Fortunately, those winds should gradually subside late in the day.

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Rainfall totals: Reagan National Airport (DCA) received 0.54” from last night’s and this morning’s rain. Other totals: Dulles - 0.57”; BWI - 0.63”

Walter Reed Pollen update: “Before the rain overnight and this morning, our 24 hour count included grass pollen in the MODERATE range at 7.35 gr/cubic meter (NAB range), which is a HIGH count for our local area. Trees are HIGH at 205.11 gr/cubic meter. Currently, oak, hickory, walnut and pine are the predominant tree species. Weeds are LOW at 1.28 gr/cubic meter with pollen of the Rumex genus to include dock and sorrel. Mold spores are in the LOW range at 2152.27 spores/cubic meter.”

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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