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D.C. area forecast: Sunshine emerges for Sunday and beyond

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

It’s a 5 early on due to lingering clouds, but improving to near 10 during a sunny afternoon. Let’s round up to 8.

Express Forecast

Today: Becoming partly to mostly sunny, pleasant. Highs: Upper 70s to low 80s.

Tonight: Mostly clear and comfy, isolated fog. Lows: Mid-50s to low 60s.

Tomorrow: Sunny and nice! Highs: Low 80s.


We were bound to get a rainy weekend day eventually. Lucky for us, it’s just the one day. Improvement arrives today as high pressure starts to take hold of our skies. And we’re looking might fine indeed, with another spell of nice weather set to last through the first half of the work week, before warmer weather likely works in. Newly formed Tropical Storm Cristobal is of little concern currently, but we’ll watch as it develops for some possible mid-to-late week impacts along the East Coast.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite shows movement of clouds over past two hours. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): Early-to-mid morning clouds, and even a shower or two south and west, give way to partly to mostly sunny skies by late morning and through the afternoon.  Even with a light onshore breeze from the east, high pressure building in is enough to gradually lower the humidity and close out our weekend on a high note. With highs in the upper 70s to low 80s, we’ll do just that. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Overhead, skies tend to remain mostly clear overnight.  Winds are still from the east though, if not calm, so I’d expect a few areas of fog/mist to develop, though they’re likely isolated to the more rural areas.  Otherwise, its a nice night overall, with comfortable temperatures dropping into the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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

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Tomorrow (Monday): High pressure remains firmly entrenched overhead to start the work week, and so we’ll bring out the Nice Day Sun accordingly. Humidity remains low compared to the typical August fare, so I wouldn’t blame you for taking an unplanned 3-day weekend!  We’ll also enjoy lots of sun and highs in the low 80s.  Winds are light from the southeast near 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Not much changes as the skies go dark (that sunset is getting earlier and earlier, back to 7:48 p.m. in the District). Clouds are at a minimum and it’s a windows-open kind of night, with lows in the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: High


Tuesday is another winner in my book! High pressure is still hanging on, keeping our skies clear and the humidity down, as temperatures rise a bit closer to average. Skies stay mostly sunny, bumping highs more solidly in the 80s, probably topping out in the low-to-mid 80s. A warmer and more humid flow from the south develops overnight as lows range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Confidence: High

By Wednesday, we’re watching off the Southeast coast what is now Tropical Storm Cristobal. But for us it’s more of a curiosity as we’re still protected by high pressure. We may see a few more clouds around as the high begins to drift offshore. But overall it still looks like a mostly sunny day, with warmer highs in the mid-to-upper 80s and perhaps some increase in humidity. Confidence: Medium-High

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