Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
Still toasty. It is summer! But, a calmer day deserves a decent grade. Even if around 90 in some spots.

Express Forecast

Today: Mainly sunny. Highs: Mid-80s to around 90.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, mainly calm. Lows: Mid-60s to near 70.

Tomorrow: More sun than clouds. Upper 80s to low 90s.

Sunday: Partly sunny, scattered p.m. showers and storms. Highs: Upper 80s to low 90s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

We get a chance to dry out today as (weak) high pressure moves in overhead. Enjoy this slightly more moderate mugginess because we get near oppressive territory again by late Saturday night and into Sunday. Elevated shower and storm chances arrive along with this increased humidity. We even have to watch for strong to severe storms perhaps starting on Sunday and picking up steam into early next week. Let’s enjoy our break in the storm activity while we get it!

Today (Friday): For a change, we may stay mostly sunny and rain-free during our work day. There’s only about a 10% chance of a stray shower or thundershower; but, I hesitate to mention because any rogue rain shower would be short-lived and moving quickly. Nothing to really plan around. High temperatures in the mid-80s to around 90 should not feel oppressive, thanks to light northeasterly breezes (5-10 mph) keeping our humidity just slightly under control. More so than yesterday at least. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Assuming clouds remain somewhat sparse, we should all see the rising of the “Thunder Full Moon” that is nearest its perigee with us around sunrise. Light easterly breezes of the evening calm well before sunrise. Temperatures will bottom out in the mid-60s to (suburbs) to near 70 (downtown). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): This looks like a typical summer day with some light breezes (luckily) to mitigate the moderate humidity. Skies should stay partly-to-mostly sunny as the shower/storm threat remains quite minimal (under 10% chance). High temperatures should get into the upper 80s to lower 90s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: We could have a fairly clear evening, but increasing overnight clouds may become fairly numerous by sunrise. Low temperatures stop their decent as clouds move in, so we may only get into the upper 60s to lower 70s. Higher mugginess levels arrive back in the area by sunrise as well. Oof. Confidence: High

Sunday: Full-on summer conditions are back. Dew points around 70 or a little higher will make us uncomfortable quickly since our bodies won’t be able to cool off via sweat evaporation. Sun could pop out enough during the day to fuel some showers and storms. I’m talking a 25% chance in the morning rising to 50% chance by afternoon. High temperatures again shoot up into the upper 80s to lower 90s. We’ll probably be watching the potential for scattered strong to maybe even severe storms late day. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Any lingering showers and storms (30% chance) should decrease in intensity and coverage. Skies may remain mostly cloudy, though. Low temperatures only manage to get down into the low-to-mid 70s, region-wide, thanks to the high dew points and plentiful clouds. Confidence: Medium

A muggy Monday appears on tap with a decent (60%) chance of showers and storms by afternoon. I would tote that small, portable umbrella all day and into the evening, if possible. Timing on any batches of storms is very difficult to forecast this far out–even day-of! So stay prepared throughout. That is the best advice. Midday and early afternoon rainclouds might keep us down into the mid-80s but more likely we stay sunny enough to get into the 90-95 degree range before afternoon and evening storms kick up. Any storms could be strong to severe. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday’s high temperatures in the mid-80s to around 90 look to be just as muggy but perhaps a bit more bearable with a few less degrees showing up on the thermometer. Increased shower and storm activity (60-70% chance) should keep the sun fairly muted as a cold front starts its approach. Still, expect a nice haze and the need for an umbrella on-call much of the day. Please drink plenty of water, too. This could be a bigger severe weather day should ingredients come together right, so do check in as we close. Confidence: Low