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PM Update: Scattered downpours into evening, trending drier for the Fourth

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This weather is pretty amazing, if you’re a mushroom. It’s going to be kind of weird if we ever have a day without rain, right? Well, after today, our odds of rain start to go down for a while. But, we don’t lose the chance entirely and with less rain comes more heat.

Through Tonight: Scattered showers and storms remain a risk (50% chance) into the evening, but they should eventually dwindle as we head through the night. More concentrated activity may impact a few spots, though guidance suggests that places south of here will face the highest odds for a thorough soaking. Any rain that falls can be locally heavy, and possibly induce localized flooding. Lows reach near 70 to the mid-70s as a south wind blows around 5-10 mph.

Tomorrow (Independence Day): Good news for holiday plans is that rain chances are as low as they’ve been in about 10 days. Bad news? Dew points remain near and above 70, and temperatures are up as well. Highs range from the upper 80s to lower 90s. There could be an isolated to widely scattered storm threat late day into evening, or about 30% chance for such. Classic 4th of July weather around here, no?

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Rain in Silver Spring. (Joe Flood via Flickr)

Pollen update: Grass and weed pollen remain LOW thanks to those seemingly nonstop showers keeping the air rinsed. Mold spores continue to be HIGH in this moist environment.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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