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D.C. area forecast: Pleasant today before a rainier midweek but memorable Memorial Day weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

9
Superb even as sun-shielding clouds may build up faster mid-to-late afternoon

Express Forecast

Today: Some increase in clouds. Highs: 75-79.

Tonight: Cloudy with shower chances. Lows: 56-61.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, showers, storms.  Highs: 78-82.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Springtime weather rules supreme over the region for the majority of this forecast period. Surely, we all appreciate its benevolent reign despite the risk of actual rain arriving later tonight and persisting into perhaps early Thursday.  Temperatures should bump into the upper 70s to lower 80s tomorrow and Thursday before cooling down to mainly 70s Friday.

The three-day holiday weekend may manage to qualify all three days as Nice Days if we stay on track.  Comfortable temperatures and partly to mostly sunny skies appear to be the big story, but we may have to watch a few clouds about on Saturday….hopefully late enough to allow us to see the Friday night mystery meteor shower (more on that tomorrow!).

Today (Tuesday): Our current fair-weathered high pressure system treats us to nice conditions one more day today with partly to mostly sunny skies in the morning into the early afternoon before more clouds creep into the picture mid-to-late afternoon.  Temperatures should edge up a bit warmer, but still should be in the comfortable middle to upper 70s as light winds drift across from the west at around 5 mph.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent risk of showers and maybe even a thunderstorm later overnight as a warm front edges north through the region.  Lows range from the middle 50s in the cooler outer suburbs to the low 60s in the city.  Light breezes from the south and southeast.  Rainfall totals about a tenth of an inch where they occur.  Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday):  The messiest day of the week with intermittent showers and storms as a weather system streams through the area. But at least for now, we don’t see the big super-soaker conditions of last week. Precipitation totals should range from .1″ to .25″ with locally higher totals.  Mostly cloudy skies will try to thwart temperatures, but it seems like we still manage upper 70s to low 80s around the area with mostly light winds from the west.  Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night:  Clouds continue with scattered showers and storms too possibly offering another .1″ to .25″ especially toward the evening hours.  Temperatures dip to the lower 60s.  Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday could see some morning clouds and light showers as the weather system could slightly stall before exiting, but we should then see partly sunny skies later in the morning with a reasonable likelihood for partly to mostly sunny skies by afternoon.  Cooler weather is slow to return, so we’ll look for highs in the lower 80s, but have no fear of humidity as the dew points dive down into the comfortable 50s.  Thursday night is partly cloudy to clear with lows down to the comfortably cool 50s.  Confidence: Medium

Friday is our gateway to the three-day holiday weekend along with our traditional summer start, and we’re looking at a banner day to introduce it. Temperatures lift up through the 60s in the morning to reach a middle 70s peak by afternoon under mostly sunny skies.  Friday night is cool, comfortable and I believe clear enough to see a possible major meteor shower in the north sky especially between 2-4 a.m.  Confidence: Medium-High

The Memorial Day Weekend could pick up a few clouds on Saturday during the day with a weak disturbance, but otherwise should likely see partly to mostly sunny skies with warm temperatures in the middle to upper 70s.  Overnight conditions might get a bit cool though with mostly clear skies and lows in the 50s to near 60.  Confidence: Medium

Matt Rogers is a meteorologist and a Petworth resident. He is president and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Md., which focuses on weather risks for the energy and agriculture sectors. Like most meteorologists, his passion for weather started extremely early in life and has never let go.
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