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D.C. area forecast: Heat through the weekend, with storminess arriving Monday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

I like warmth, but highs near 90 in October aren’t my favorite thing.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny. Mid-80s to near 90.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. 60s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Mid-80s to near 90.


Temperature Map

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

If you slept through the summer, and yesterday, this is your lucky chance to relive the glory. While these types of days might be among the cooler we’d expect in July, they’re on par with averages then, and also why we’re running more than 10 degrees above normal so far this month. Though we need rain, it’s nice to see it hold off till Monday, so we can at least make the best of these days by spending some time outside!

Today (Saturday): Sunshine is dominant much of the day, but cloudier periods are also possible, especially in the morning it seems. There could even be a sprinkle early, but that probably stays north. By midday, it’s feeling a bit yucky for October (like yesterday). Highs again head toward the upper 80s and around 90 most spots. Winds are from the west around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies are the rule, perhaps cloudier late. It’s a bit weird going out into a warm summery night at this point, but we’ve got another ahead. Lows are largely in the mid-to-upper 60s. Winds are around 5 mph from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Partly sunny and unusually toasty once more. South winds out ahead of the system moving our way from the west keep us longing for a return to autumn. Mid-80s to near 90 should do it for highs. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds increase through the night as moisture from the south begins to meet up with an advancing front from the west. Lows again mainly fall to the mid-and-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium


Right now, it appears Monday into Monday night will feature the bulk of the rain from the coming interaction of a cold front to the west and remnant tropical moisture feeding up from the south. Timing is a bit up in the air, but odds are best as the day goes, with at least a 70% chance. Showers or periods of rain may last into the overnight, with up to 1-2″ possible in the area when all is done. Highs are probably held in check with the clouds and moisture. Still warmer than normal, in the near 80 range. Confidence: Medium

A few showers may linger into early Tuesday, but after that we tend to dry out as well as clear out. Probably at least partly if not mostly clear by afternoon. Behind the front we do get a little relief from recent heat, but it’s still relatively warm, with temperatures in the upper 70s to near 80. Confidence: Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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