FORECAST IN DETAIL
Things are looking very good for the long weekend summer kickoff. We get showers/storms out of the way today and, by the weekend, even clouds should be no more than adornment to a mainly sunny sky.
Most importantly, it looks like skies should be mostly clear early Saturday morning for what is being touted as a pretty spectacular meteor shower (more on that later today). Humidity is on hiatus and while not exactly beach warmth, it’s very nice for that first cookout of the season. And for you beach-goers (take me with you), check out the Beachcast at the end of the local forecast.
Today (Thursday): Early risers should encounter some rain drops to start the morning (60% chance). They should be over by sunrise and skies clear by midday. Winds pick up from the west at 10-15 mph and this warms things up smartly. Despite moderate humidity, highs in the low-to-mid 80s will up the sweat factor. There is a slight risk of late afternoon thunderstorms as well but only 20-30% = the highest odds east and southeast of the I-95. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Clouds diminish through the evening and readings slip to more comfortable 70s. Breezes stay up from the west at 10-15 mph. Lows slip to the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: High
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Tomorrow (Friday): The sun is in pretty firm control much of the day but there is a chance for a quick cloud up later in the afternoon. While unlikely, there is a less than 20% chance for isolated showers. Brisk winds from the northwest at 10-20 mph are a more sure bet. Cooler drier air pouring into the region should help to keep most highs only in the mid-to-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: The main forecast question is will skies clear in time to allow a good view of the impressive meteor shower slated to peak from about 2-4 am. For those of you lucky enough to be in darker areas, all signs look promising for only scattered clouds. Take along a jacket though, as lows fall to the lower 50s in the suburbs to the upper 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
Saturday is my idea of perfection with low humidity, sunny skies and highs in the mid-70s. Overnight lows only fall to the mid-to-upper 50s despite clear skies and calm winds. So maybe summer is finally just around the corner? Confidence: Medium-High
Prior to sunrise Sunday the crescent of the waning moon and Venus make a pretty duo. The rest of the day is a winner as well with mostly clear skies and pleasant temperatures and relatively low humidity. Highs creep up to the upper 70s to lower 80s. Overnight lows hold in the upper 50s suburbs to lower 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Memorial Day (Monday) is a fine start to the summer season. Sunny skies should become cloud-speckled by afternoon but rain chances are minimal. Humidity is up a little but only moderate. Highs reach the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium-High
Beachcast: For the southern New Jersey and Delaware beaches there is a slight chance of an afternoon shower both Friday and Saturday but then sunny the rest of the weekend. However, highs are only in the low-to-mid 70s with lows in the 50s and water temps around 60 F. Maryland beaches have only a very slight chance of a shower Friday afternoon and then sunny. Highs are mainly in the mid-to-upper 70s and lows in the mid-50s Friday night to lower 60s by Sunday night and mainly lower 60s for water temps. Virginia beaches are best with highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s and lows in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Skies are mainly sunny throughout the weekend and water temps should be mid-60s.