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D.C. area forecast: Terrific temps but slight shower risk today, showers return late Friday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

A totally comfy day if only that pesky threat of a shower would take a hike.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy, possible shower. Highs: 75-79.

Tonight: Variable clouds and calm. Lows: 52-60.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, late day showers/storms possible. Highs: 81-85.


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Our new-found showery pattern is likely to run out of gas today but fuels back up for the weekend. 80s make a star appearance tomorrow. Thundershowers are likely to race into town Friday night, and Saturday stays on the showery side. Cheer on the pollen cleansing and garden watering showers! A cold front throws the checkered flag on clouds and rains Sunday and gives us a great finish to the weekend.

Today (Thursday): The most likely time for a shower should be in the morning with a 40 percent chance diminishing to 20 percent in the afternoon. Clouds should thin out and allow a good deal of sun in, especially in the afternoon. That should lay the foundation for a run up in temps to the mid-to-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The shower chances are minimal after sunset but clouds should come and go with nearly calm conditions. The evening will be superb with lower 70s and overnight lows range from lower 50s in the far out ‘burbs to near 60 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Friday): The day starts off sunny and mild but clouds should be on the increase in the afternoon. This does not do much to break the rise in temperatures which should finally give us a taste of summer with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. However, humidity is not oppressive with most dew points holding in the 50s. It is possible that a shower or thunderstorm could zip into the area by late day but only a 20 percent chance. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: An evening outing requires umbrella in hand but readings will be in the 70s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely to be fairly active through the night. Rain probability is up to 70 percent and many areas are likely to pick up at least a quarter to a half inch. For us allergy sufferers that is music to our sinuses! Lows hold in the 60s. Confidence: Medium


Saturday has the potential of being showery as a cold front will be very slow to reach the area and a fetch of moist air keeps potential at 70 percent. However, as we know, showers here are fickle and there are likely to be plenty of breaks. Timing will be everything in planning your outings and the radar is your friend. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s are quite alright. Clouds remain all night but showers diminish. Lows range through the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday has great potential to end up a nice day. Clouds grudgingly give way in the morning to an afternoon of sun. Breezes kick up from the west at a healthy clip but cold air working into the area is likely to be tardy with highs still making the low-to-mid 70s. Overnight lows bring a chill as they reach the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday marks our return to the cool side of normal. Highs only make the low-to-mid 60s, but, with full sun, it’s still pretty darn nice. Confidence: Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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