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D.C. area forecast: A fairly cloudy and ‘cool’ weekend, but heat returns soon

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Main downside is more numerous clouds than recent days. Temps remain mighty fine for July!

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy. AM showers? Highs: 78-84.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. Lows: 62-69.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy early, trending clearer. Highs: Near 80 to mid-80s.


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More below normal temperature days in July? Yes please! The weekend’s got us covered there, and for the most part it’s a fairly nice one. As long as you don’t mind some clouds at least. Humidity does begin to tick back up, though it won’t be to the point that it’s annoying for a few more days yet. No major rain risks in the immediate future either, as any drops should come from a passing shower or two this weekend and storm threats early week are rather minimal.

Today (Saturday): We’re treated to another mostly pleasant July day, though in this case it’s largely due to a lot of clouds blocking the warm sunshine. We have two risks for a few raindrops in a mostly dry regime. The first is early. If you sleep in, you may miss it entirely. That’s if a batch of showers to our southwest last night swings through. Any showers won’t amount to much. Otherwise, we’re mostly cloudy during daylight hours — perhaps a sunnier break midday or afternoon? Fingers crossed! Highs head mostly to near 80 or into the low 80s, as winds from the east blow around 5-10 mph. A risk for a few more showers may develop during the evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It’s a calm and pleasant evening, with skies remaining mostly cloudy. Shower chances increase, but they should remain scattered at best, and perhaps focused on western parts of the area. Another generally low impact, “ground dampening,” type of deal if it happens. Lows make the low 60s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 60s downtown. Winds are light from the east. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): A few showers may be around early, but it’s a small and quickly diminishing risk after the sun rises. Also, those pesky clouds may want to start giving way as we get through the day. Winds from the east turn more toward the south, blowing around 5-10 mph. Highs again range from near 80 to the mid-80s. Humidity is up a bit, yet it shouldn’t be miserable. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Southerly winds noticeably pump up the dew points as the weekend comes to an end, so our run of low-to-tolerable humidity is likely also at its close. Under partly cloudy skies, lows bottom out in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium-High


Monday starts to remind us it’s still July, though not too strongly compared to what we could see! Skies are partly cloudy as highs rise mainly to the mid-80s, with some upper 80s probably around as well. Humidity is back into the not too comfortable range, and we might run the risk of an afternoon storm or three. For now it seems the highest risk of rain wants to stay southwest and west of us. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, the heat is turned up again as most spots head toward highs around 90 under partly sunny skies. Add in dew points near 70… You may be longing for the good old days (like today!). Looking for an afternoon shower or storm to cool off? You might have to wait a bit longer. A few storms are possible, but nothing significant or widespread appears likely. Confidence: Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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