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D.C. area forecast: Dry break today before storminess returns late Wednesday

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Lower humidity and more sun lets us wring out the wetness

Express Forecast

Today: Becoming mostly sunny by p.m. Highs 82-87.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows 64-69.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. Highs 84-88.


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Our super-saturated soggy swampland of an area should get an almost two-day dry stretch to take a breather before the next round of potentially heavy rain returns late Wednesday.  We may yet have a few scattered showers around earlier this morning, but sunshine should return this afternoon and into some of tomorrow too for a needed respite. Heavy rain/storms are on the agenda late Wednesday into Thursday  with drier and much nicer weather arriving for Friday and the weekend.

Today (Tuesday): It seems like Mother Nature turned the entire DC area into her own summer water park, but the splashing takes a break today as some widely scattered morning showers (40% risk up to a.m. rush hour and 20% after) give way to partly to mostly sunny skies mid-to-late day as highs punch up into the middle 80s around the area.  Dew points are forecast to drop down to the more comfortable low-to-mid 60s with breezes from the west at 10-15 mph.   Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy with lows in the mid-to-upper 60s.  Light winds from the west at 5-10 mph.  Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Wednesday): The warmest day of the week with highs in the middle to upper 80s along with partly cloudy skies. We could get luckier with some periods of mostly sunny skies though too.  Dew points start to edge up a bit higher to all of our discomfort into the mid-to-upper 60s (still not as humid as yesterday’s steam room!) and a few storms could sneak into the region (mainly western areas) late in the afternoon. Light winds from the west at 5-10 mph.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night:  Another super-soaker system surges into the area  with potentially widespread heavy storms yet again (which *might* contain some strong winds). The models vary on timing and details, but we should be especially wary anytime after 8 p.m.  I suspect given all this rain the past week we may see more flood watches hoisted for this next round. Lows fall to the mid-to-upper 60s, possibly holding right around 70 right in the city. Confidence: Medium


Thursday keeps the waterworks going with mostly cloudy skies along with intermittent showers and thunderstorms.  And you guessed it- rain could be heavy at times and some storms could be severe.  Highs should hold closer to the low-to-mid 80s with high humidity levels too. Showers and storms Thursday evening should taper off overnight Friday as lows fall into the low to middle 60s. Confidence: Medium

Friday is favored to trend much nicer with highs near 80, the lowest dew points of the work week, and partly to mostly sunny skies.  Friday night may see a few scattered clouds, but much more comfortable temperatures with lows ranging from the upper 50s in the outer suburbs to the middle 60s in the city.  Crack open those windows! Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend looks like a generally nice one for June with partly to mostly sunny skies along with a comfortable Saturday night as lows again dip to the upper 50s to middle 60s.  There is an outside risk of increasing clouds on Sunday (especially afternoon) if a weather system approaches the area, but the latest trends are to delay it.  Our waterlogged region could use as big of a break as possible. Confidence: Medium-High

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