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PM Update: Burst of rain late Saturday, otherwise a nice weekend

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What a beautiful close to a beautiful week – with warm sunshine and not enough humidity to worry about!  Most of us maxed out within a couple degrees of 80.

The balance of the weekend is nice too, but a cold front brings a period of much-needed rain – possibly heavy – late afternoon Saturday into Saturday night.  Sunshine returns Sunday.

Through Tonight: A pretty ideal evening for outdoor patio dining or a long stroll.  Temperatures slowly fall back through the 70s, with a soft, gentle southerly breeze (5-10 mph).  Overnight lows range from near 60 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-60s downtown.

Saturday and Saturday night: Increasing clouds in the morning, but it should remain dry, with pleasant temperatures climbing into the 70s.  Low rain chances begin around 2 p.m. (30 percent) but we could well stay dry until 4 or 5 p.m., when chances increase to 60 percent.

Rain is most likely (70 percent chance) between about 6 p.m. and 1 a.m.  A thunderstorm (perhaps with a strong wind gust or two) is also possible with locally heavy rain.  Rainfall totals should generally be around half an inch, but some local 1″+ totals are possible.  Saturday night’s low temperatures are in the upper 50s to low 60s.

Sunday: Skies gradually clear in the morning and it becomes sunny and breezy.  Highs are in the low-to-mid 70s with winds from the northwest at 10-20 mph.

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Construction cranes and the Washington Monument’s lit scaffolding greet the Harvest Moon this year – taken Thursday evening. (Phil Yabut via Flickr)

Pollen: Tree and grass counts are LOW, weed and mold spore counts are LOW-MODERATE.

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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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