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D.C. area forecast: Downright summery weather to last through the weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

I am not amused at having to put the A/C on call. But with relatively low humidity, still a high rating.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny and calm. Highs: 83-87.

Tonight: Calm and partly cloudy. Lows: 60-64.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, light breezes. Highs: 84-88.


Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

It looks like fall weather has been furloughed too! I am not complaining, though – it will be cold soon enough. Plus the evenings are still a delight. Records are all well into the 90s, so there’s little threat of hitting hit them the rest of the week.

Rainfall chances are on hold until Monday as a front finally reaches the area, hopefully with some tropical moisture in tow. Parched lawns and gardens really need a drink. Most of all: get out there and enjoy the great weekend ahead!

Today (Thursday): There are likely to be some clouds scattering across the sky affording an occasional cool shadow. This is good, since breezes are nearly nil and highs are likely to push into the mid-80s across much of the area, more than 10 degrees above the norm. Confidence: High

Tonight: The good thing about earlier sunsets (now before 7 p.m.) is that they promote faster cooling in the evening with 70s quickly replacing the daytime 80s. With longer nights, lows still manage to reach lower 60s in most spots. Winds are calm and skies are partly cloudy. Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine is plentiful and a light breeze out of the south helps to keep our warm, dry string going with highs reaching the mid-to-upper 80s. Only the lower sun angle makes it unlikely for most areas to reach 90. Humidity levels remain very tolerable. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The beginning of the weekend is a dandy with evening readings in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Breezes go calm and skies are star-filled. Lows should reach the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: High


Saturday is sun drenched with light breezes. While humidity is still on the low side, you may work up a sweat as highs in the mid-to-upper 80s reign. Overnight skies remain clear and lows fall to the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: High

Sunday starts out sunny but high clouds are likely to filter out the harsher sunlight by afternoon as a cold front approaches from the Midwest.  At the same time, tropical moisture from what could be tropical storm Karen coming on to the Gulf Coast streams north. What is likely is higher humidity and stronger winds from the south. Highs still make the mid-to-upper 80s. Clouds increase overnight but showers are unlikely with lows in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday could be the day we gardeners have been long awaiting. If the cold front manages to latch on to the tropical moisture from what may be the remnants of Karen we could be in for a very rainy day. If the tropical system is a dud and the front comes through before midday, more modest showers is all she wrote (60% chance). Highs should be upper 70s to lower 80s. 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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