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PM Update: Humid but virtually storm-free for tonight’s fireworks through Friday

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For only the second time in the last 12 days, we have managed to completely avoid rain. Although I can’t entirely rule out a rogue thundershower into early this evening, the overwhelming majority of us stay dry. Storms should not be an issue for fireworks by the time it’s dark.

It’s might muggy out there, though, so be sure to stay well-hydrated both this evening and Friday, with more hot and humid weather on the way.

Through Tonight: If a stray thundershower pops up (10-20 percent chance, highest west of the immediate metro area), it should dissipate by sunset. That leaves few weather worries for fireworks displays. Around 9 p.m., temperatures are around 80, but it feels more like 85 with the humidity. A soft breeze from the south around 5 mph is hardly noticeable. Overnight lows range from the 69-74 (suburbs-city) under partly cloudy skies.

Tomorrow (Friday): An ideal day to hang out at the beach or pool. We should have partly to mostly sunny skies and highs near 90. The light breeze from the south at 5-10 mph feels good, especially when you step into the shade. Humidity levels remain on the high side (with dew points right around 70) making it feel like the mid-90s during the hottest part of the afternoon.

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Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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