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In Washington, a week of gloomy weather

Except for partisans of drip, drizzle and downpour, these have been days of gloom. It has rained six of the past seven days, and the dry day was a cloudy one.

On Sunday, only a few tenths of an inch of rain fell at Reagan National Airport. But there seemed to be little break in the gray blanket that has covered the city for a week, with rain every day but Tuesday.

Sometimes the dreariness has meant only mist. But Friday’s downpours set records for the date at all three airports in the region. At National, Friday rainfall totaled 2.76 inches, becoming Washington’s third wettest day of 2013. Rain at Dulles International Airport was even heavier.

It rained throughout the day, and when it seemed to be tapering off, it rained at night. Flood warnings went out. Roads closed. And all as a three-day weekend approached, which might have been spent amid bright fall colors.

Since Oct. 7, the rain has amounted to 6.12 inches in Washington and 7.27 at Dulles.

And at the Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport, the figure was greater still: 7.74 inches.

These days have seemed designed for such activities as staying home by the fire.

But a man who tried to light his fireplace on Wayside Circle in the Ashburn area was burned about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Mary Maguire, the spokeswoman for the Loudoun County fire department, said he was flown by helicopter to MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

According to the National Weather Service, the meteorological gloom at least will not persist. It was expected to be mostly cloudy Monday morning, but partly sunny afterward. And looking ahead, Tuesday is expected to be mostly sunny.

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