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D.C. area forecast: Lots of clouds this weekend, and raindrops at times

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Another gray day, but perhaps largely dry while the sun is up. At least it’s not scorching!

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, periodic showers. Highs: Mid-70s to near 80.

Tonight: Periodic showers. Lows: Mid-60s to near 70.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Showers or t’showers possible, mainly p.m. Highs: Upper 70s to low 80s.


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It can still be super hot in early August, but clouds and a risk for rain at times help keep us “cool” this weekend. The best part may be that we could escape significant rain during daylight hours in general. While a few daytime downpours can’t be totally ruled out, it seems the greatest rain threats may come late tonight and on Sunday afternoon. You may want to check in here or glance at radar before straying too far though!

Today (Saturday): Overnight rain may still be on its way out, but it shouldn’t linger too long if so. Some fog and drizzle could be around early as well. The balance of the day is mostly cloudy to fully cloudy, and perhaps (fingers crossed) rather dry. I can’t rule out showers though, particularly in the midday and again after sunset. Highs may only make the mid-70s to near 80. Under the driest scenario perhaps everyone gets up near 80. We’re battling ocean air a bit either way as winds are from the northeast around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Another organized wave of precipitation may approach after sunset. The focus of this batch could mainly be east of the area, or I-95 and east at the least. At least scattered showers remain a risk at times through the night. Lows make the mid-60s to near 70 as light northeast winds shift to the north. Some late night fog is possible once again. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): It should be less cloudy than today. How much less cloudy is up for debate. Overnight showers should be moving away by sunrise, with a good portion of the day remaining dry. Thanks to some sunnier breaks, we should see highs up into the near 80 to low 80s range. Those breaks are probably “self defeating,” as showers and thunderstorms bubble up in the afternoon. Some may cause briefly heavy rain and gusty winds, but no organized severe weather is currently anticipated. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy and humid conditions persist. Only a slight risk of showers remains after dark. It’s mostly just calm and a little sticky. Lows again settle into the mid-60s to near 70 range, and some fog could develop if winds are very light. Confidence: Medium


The main rain axis shifts further offshore on Monday, which means we shouldn’t see much in the way of shower activity. Also, probably more sun — well, at least partly sunny should do it. With plentiful low level moisture still around, a few raindrops may roam in the afternoon. Highs are up a notch, mainly in the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday delivers even more in the way of sunshine. From here it appears mostly sunny! With those extra rays comes some extra warmth. Could we flirt with 90? It seems possible. Let’s call it upper 80s to near 90 for now. Humidity remains fairly high, but it may come down a bit if we shift winds to the west. 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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