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D.C. area forecast: Downpours possible today, weekend may be drier

Today’s Daily Digit

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

I might enjoy this in winter (if it were even possible then), but no thanks now to more mugginess and downpour potential.

Express Forecast

Today: Variably cloudy, likely showers and storms. Highs: 85-89.

Tonight: Showers and storms slowly diminish. Lows: 67-71.

Tomorrow: Chance a.m. showers, possible p.m. drying. Highs: 82-86.


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It really looks like we might time the weekend right! Getting wet today is almost unavoidable but a little northerly breeze by late tomorrow could do wonders at getting humidity back to more tolerable levels. While there is no guarantee that we stay dry this weekend, many of us should. Not bad for the heart of the summer here in the swamp.

Today (Thursday): The day is likely to start off with plenty of clouds and a chance of showers, but some of intervals of partial sunshine should warm us up. Highs run mainly in the mid- to a few upper 80s. The toasty temps and a boat load of humidity should set the stage for showers and storms as the afternoon progresses (80 percent chance), which may be locally very heavy. Breezes stay mainly light from the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers and isolated thundershowers are likely (60 percent chance) to hang on through the evening and may not diminish until late. Lows settle out in the upper 60s to lower 70s.  Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The skies are not cloud-free by any means but opportunities for sun increase as the day wears on, especially in western areas. Showers cannot be ruled out, especially east of the city.  A light wind out of the north tries to make humidity levels more comfortable; at least for the middle of summer. Highs hold in the mid-80s, another plus.   Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: Take a moment to catch the sliver of the new crescent moon in the western sky. In fact, take a few moments as the evening readings should quickly slip into the 70s! Skies stay mostly clear overnight and winds are quite light. Lows should be mainly in the upper 60s with lower 70s reserved for downtown. Confidence: High


Saturday has potential to be a winner with partly sunny skies and highs only in the mid-80s. It is still not a cinch that you are rain-free but with only 30% chance of showers you should be able to enjoy the great outdoors. Humidity is moderate. Evening readings in the 70s are a delight. Lows end up in the upper 60s to near 70 downtown. Confidence: Medium

On Sunday, the Bermuda High offshore may try to pump some more moisture into the region, inching the humidity higher, but not intolerably. This could help generate some showers or storms in the afternoon (40 percent chance). Highs get a boost as well with mid-to-upper 80s and a spot or two at 90 is a good bet. Showers chances should taper off overnight and lows fall to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday should be a bit warmer and more humid so brace yourself. Highs climb to the upper 80s to lower 90s. The chance for showers slips back to just 20 percent under mainly sunny skies, assuming the Bermuda High builds inland. Confidence: Low-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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