Today was about as good as it gets at the August midway point. We welcomed the magnificent combination of sunny skies, low humidity, a light breeze, and highs around 80. Interestingly, today’s weather mimicked the weather exactly one year ago, when Reagan National logged a high of 80 and low of 60 (with dew points in the 40s). Temperatures and humidity levels edge upward over the weekend, but remain in the comfortable range even on Sunday, when we have a slight chance of a late day shower or storm.
Through Tonight: Clear to partly cloudy and very pleasant. Dine outside if you can, as temperatures fall back through the 70s this evening. Overnight lows range from around 65 downtown to 52-55 in our cooler suburbs.
Tomorrow (Saturday) and tomorrow night: Mostly sunny and warm, but not humid through the day on Saturday. Highs range from 82-86 (dew points in the 50s) with light winds from the southwest around 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy and not quite as cool Saturday night, with lows near 60 in our cooler suburbs to around 68 downtown. Light winds.
Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny in the morning, with some increase in clouds in the afternoon. There’s a slight increase in humidity (dew points into the low 60s) and a 20-30 percent chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm (best chances in our western areas), in the mid-afternoon to early evening. But for most locations the balance of the day is dry, with highs around 84-88. Winds are from the west at 5-10 mph.
Pollen: Tree and grass counts are LOW. Weed and mold spores are MODERATE-HIGH.
6-10 outlook: For the first time in quite some time, the forecast for our region in the extended region is for above average temperatures. Precipitation is also predicted to be above normal…so be ready for a potentially warm, humid, and unsettled stretch in around a week’s time.