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D.C. area forecast: A marvelous Memorial Day, unsettled midweek

Today’s Daily Digit

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

A perfect beach/pool/barbecue day for the unofficial start of summer.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, very warm. 85-90.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, balmy. Lows: 63-69.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, likely afternoon/evening storms. Highs: 83-88.


Temperature Map

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

The unofficial start of summer plays the part today with toasty sunshine and a touch of humidity.  Tuesday’s on the sticky side with likely storms before temperatures reverse course midweek. As we cool off, it’s an unsettled stretch as a front lingers in the region. That front is kicked out of town just in time for the weekend, which should be stellar.

Today (Monday): A very warm day, bordering on hot.  There’s also a hint of humidity. But it’s certainly tolerable and I’d say enjoyable. Just keep a cold beverage nearby, and/or stay close to a body of water or even a sprinkler if you require refreshment. Highs are  in the mid-to-upper 80s, with dew points right around 60. Winds are light from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and very mild.  Lows range from the low 60s in our cooler suburbs to the upper 60 downtown. Light winds from the southwest around 5 mph. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Tuesday):Partly sunny in the morning with increasing clouds in the afternoon.  There’s a 60 percent chance of showers and storms mostly in the late afternoon and evening, a few of which may be strong.  Highs are in the mid-to-upper 80s and you’ll notice some mugginess. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Showers and storms are a good bet in the evening (60 percent chance), followed by mostly cloudy skies and a slight chance of showers and thundershowers (20 percent chance).  Overnight lows are in the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High


Wednesday and Thursday are on the unsettled side as a front stalls out in our vicinity  Depending on the exact location of the front, waves of showers and thundershowers are possible, intermittently – though the highest chances are in the afternoon and evening hours.  Both days are cooler (than Monday and Tuesday), with daytime highs in the mid-70s, and overnight lows 60-65. Confidence: Low-Medium

While I can’t rule out a lingering shower some time Friday, high pressure building in from the west should set up another splendid – and  – on balance – sunny stretch Friday through the weekend.  Day time highs should be in the upper 70s to low 80s, with overnight lows in the mid-50s to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
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