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D.C. area forecast: Front brings showers today, making weekend weather hard to pass up!

9:00 a.m. update: Showers are spreading into western parts of the region and will be likely at times through the morning.

Today’s Daily Digit

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

While we may contend w/ clouds, perhaps some showers, it is a *Friday* of slowly *lowering* humidity levels!!

Express Forecast

Today: Variably cloudy, a few showers possible. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s.

Tonight: Clearing, comfortable. Lows: Near 60 to mid-60s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, quite pleasant. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.

Sunday: Mostly sunny. Another winner! Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.


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How many times have we complained weekend weather stinks while weekday weather shines? Well, get ready for a very decent weekend, with sunshine and warmth accompanied by decreased humidity. We don’t get back into our typical August sweat again until we get back to work in a few days. Soak it in! Get outside! It is hard to turn down another summertime offer of an inviting air mass.

Today (Friday):  Sky conditions could be periodically overcast, especially if showers approach (40% chance, mainly in the mid-late morning to afternoon), but periods of sun should still be seen for all of us. As the front gets further away during the day, more clearing may be evident. Most of us should get into the mid-80s for highs. If more sunshine pops through the clouds, we could bolt nearer 90, especially south of town. Mugginess only slowly tapers, but we should feel better by evening rush. Thank the light north breezes at 5-10 mph for the assistance! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Light (5-10 mph) breezes continue out of a general northerly direction and, huzzah, some stars may slowly appear in the evening. More comfortable(!) low temperatures end up in the near 60 to mid-60s range. Should we open a window or two? Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds are probably less numerous, making it quite gorgeous. Put on that sunscreen! Light east-northeast breezes should feel refreshing at 5-10 mph. High temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s encourage us to get outside. Get ‘em before they mugg’ify! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear, with perhaps a few mood-enhancing clouds passing by. Low temperatures should end up around 60 outside the Beltway, to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: This one may prove near equal to Saturday, with only a few clouds covering our blue sky. Insert another sunscreen advisory! High temperatures should still be great, in the low-to-mid 80s. Muggy yet? Not quite. So, keep cashing in. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday night: Much of the greatness continues, with only a few clouds. Fairly comfortable overnight low temperatures should bottom in the low-to-mid 60s. A few readings below 60 possible in higher elevations? Confidence: Medium

Monday’s confidence goes down slightly but I think it should be mainly sunny. A few clouds, showers, and even a storm (20-25% chance) are all possible later in the day. With a bit more humidity and heat in the mid-to-upper 80s, we could stand a cooling deck of clouds or showers… right? Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday could still have a 10% chance of showers or storms, but it may stay rather sunny otherwise. High temperatures in the upper 80s could challenge the 90-degree mark, but that remains to be seen as we get closer. My confidence is higher in association with humidity, which should be… wait for it… higher. Confidence: Low-Medium

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