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D.C. area forecast: Summer just visiting, featuring limited-time-only thundershowers

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Getting too toasty (and muggy?) for my taste. Though we could use rain while thundershower chances exist.

Express Forecast

Today: Some midday sun, p.m. storms possible. 81-87.

Tonight: Scattered showers and storms, mainly early. 60s.

Tomorrow: Mainly cloudy, periodic showers/storms. Mid-70s to Low 80s.

Sunday: Increasing sun, very breezy. Around 70 to mid-70s.


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A taste of summer is here, including some humidity that enables that condensation forming on cooler surfaces indoors. We have some rain and possibly strong storms to get through before the slight mugginess and warmth makes way for breezier, cooler, and sunnier days on the horizon. Pleasant temperatures and “crisp” air takes hold by later Sunday and into our workweek!

Today (Friday): Patchy fog may take some of the morning to burn off, but we should see some sun during the midday hours before clouds increase again. South-southwesterly breezes boost our temperatures into the 80s — low 80s north and west of town, upper 80s possible south and east. Yes the summer-like thundershower season has begun, with a 40% chance of a pop-up later. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Umbrellas are recommended as shower and storm chances increase to about 60% during the evening, tapering to isolated as the night wears on. Southwest breezes could be a bit gusty at times, near any heavier rain. Before we potentially dry out this summer, we should welcome rain amounts like this — up to a half-inch possible for some. Yes, please wash out that pollen. (Sorry mold/mildew sufferers). Low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s—accompanied by some mugginess—don’t invite much window opening. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds mostly hold strong and bring along an elevated (60-70%) chances of showers and storms. Thank the approaching cold front. It’s a slow moving one, that isn’t sure when it wants to clear through us. During most of the day it should feed us plenty of moisture and breezes. But there should be some breaks, perhaps by sunset, but still watch for puddles and hang on to that umbrella. We’ll have to resort to watching radar with you since the front could lag into the night. Despite clouds, we stay warm in the mid-70s to low 80s in spots where sun breaks out. Confidence: Low

Tomorrow night: If the front hasn’t passed, showers and a few storms could still pop up (40% chance) until midnight or a bit later. Otherwise, we start to clear out and lose the cloudiness over time. Breezes shift to the west and northwesterly direction bringing in more refreshing air and low temperatures in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday: Could be breezy as clouds try to clear out. I am optimistic the afternoon turns sunnier and stays refreshing, with temperatures around 70 — maybe even mid-70s in the sunniest of spots, south of town. Confidence: Low-Medium


Sunday night: Clear and refreshing, or maybe chilly if you got used to the summerlike warmth! Most of us should dip into the 40s overnight, with downtown D.C. perhaps flirting with 50. Confidence: Medium

Monday’s my kind of day with sunshine, a light breeze, and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Ok, my one caveat is to use sunscreen please if outside for over 20 minutes during midday hours. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday looks pretty glorious, perhaps even better than Monday? High temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s under sunny skies. Enjoy! Confidence: Low-Medium

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