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D.C. area forecast: Searching for summer heat? Nothing to see here.

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Several degrees warmer than yesterday, yet still several degrees cooler than average. Strange summer!

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. 50% chance of showers/t’storm. Highs: Near 80 to low 80s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Diminishing showers. Lows: Upper 60s to low 70s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 40% chance of showers/storms. Highs: Mid-80s to near 90.


One week into August and still no heat wave in sight for the D.C. area. While humidity and rain chances have made a comeback, temperatures much above 90 just don’t seem to be in the cards, at least for the next week or so. It does warm up a bit today (after yesterday’s record cool high temperature) and more so tomorrow. But the main story the next few days is moderate to high humidity and the occasional threat of showers and storms.

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Today (Wednesday): Typical August humidity has returned, but without the heat. Partly to mostly cloudy skies help limit highs to near 80 to the low 80s. Meanwhile, a moist breeze from the south near 10 mph encourages a 50% chance of scattered showers with perhaps a thunderstorm mixed in. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tonight: Shower chances diminish as we get into the evening and it looks like a mostly dry overnight. Partly to mostly cloudy skies and a fairly muggy air mass help keep temperatures on the mild side, with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Can’t rule out a morning shower. But the best chance of showers and storms (40%) comes during the afternoon ahead of a cold front starting to approach from the Midwest. Partly sunny skies boost temperatures a bit higher as highs top out in the mid-80s to near 90 with humidity in the moderate to high range. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: Shower and thunderstorm chances increase to 50% Thursday night as the front gets closer with perhaps an area low pressure forming along the front. Lows are rather mild, mainly in the low-to-mid 70s under mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Low-Medium


Friday it looks like the front gets hung up nearby, which translates to partly sunny skies, high humidity, and a 50-60% chance of showers and storms. Highs aim for the upper 80s to near 90. A 40-50% chance of showers and storms lingers Friday night accompanied by muggy lows in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

How about the weekend? By Saturday the front should be to our south, but could still be close enough for a 30% chance of a shower or storm under partly sunny skies. Sunday shapes up as mostly fine with partly to mostly sunny skies, though an area of showers might target us toward or during the evening. Expect moderate humidity both days with highs in the 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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