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D.C. area forecast: Still damp and still searching for sun

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Sunny Sunday? Not so much. Slowly improving, but still not out of the dreary dampness.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. Occasional drizzle or light rain. Highs: Mid-to-upper 60s.

Tonight: Patchy drizzle. Lows: Mid-50s.

Tomorrow: Decreasing clouds. Highs: Near 70.


We haven’t broken free of the rain machine (i.e., remnants of Karen) just yet. But at least any rain today is on the light or drizzly side, and in the coming days our chances for rain go down as the chances for sun go up! The balance really starts to tip toward sunnier skies as we get into tomorrow afternoon and Tuesday, before an approaching cold front likely brings increasing clouds again sometime Wednesday.

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): We’re still looking at some lingering light stuff occasionally falling from the sky, but closer to the periodic drizzle variety than steady showers. Temperatures don’t make a ton of upward progress during the day, topping out in the mid-to-upper 60s with light breezes near 10 mph from the northeast. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The possibility for patchy drizzle persists. Skies stay mostly cloudy as well, with perhaps some breaks in the clouds toward sunrise. Overnight lows retreat to the mid-50s as winds remain light from the north-northeast around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Columbus Day): Skies should turn partly sunny for the holiday, if not by morning than by afternoon, as high pressure starts to take hold.  But the continued onshore flow may still cause some morning drizzle, before the partial sun helps afternoon highs to near 70, and we finally start to feel like we’re drying out. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Higher pressure promotes clearing skies and a bit drier air. Overnight lows should cool off to the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday we finally ditch the threat of drizzle and should see a fairly nice day overall. While gardeners rejoice after all the rain, everyone gets a chance to enjoy partly sunny skies and highs near 70 to the low 70s. Tuesday night skies stay partly cloudy with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

After a partly sunny start to Wednesday, clouds should increase as a cold front approaches from the west. At the moment we’ll call for just a slight chance of a shower, as it appears much of the action with the front will be confined to our north. But that is subject to change as we get closer. Flow from the south ahead of the front should push daytime highs into the 70s. Confidence: Medium

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