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

7/10: Shower chances early and late. But dry midday + eventual 70s = OK Friday.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Showers break midday. PM storms? Highs: Mid-70s.
Tonight: Chance of evening showers/storms. Lows: 50s to near 60.
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, warmer. Highs: Upper 70s to low 80s.
Sunday: Increasing clouds. Chance of PM showers. Highs: 60s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

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Today’s shower threats come early and late, with a dry break for most of us during what should be a comfortable midday. Once any showers and storms move out tonight, we can then focus on Saturday as the gem of the weekend! 80+ temperatures possible, with plentiful blue skies. Sunday is iffy but don’t cancel outdoor plans just yet.

Today (Friday): Overnight showers should dissipate during the early-to-mid morning. But drive carefully during your commute, as the wet pavement could be slippery. Midday hours should be dry, with partial sun possible as highs rise into the mid-70s. Shower and storm chances increase again to 40-50% by late afternoon, mainly after 4 p.m. or so. So far, severe storm chances are on the low side, but a couple of downpours are possible. Winds are from the south around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: A few showers or storms are possible (40-50% chance) into the late evening through around 11 p.m, again with the potential for a downpour or two. Clearing skies move in overnight with temperatures bottoming out around 60 downtown, but likely cooling into the 50s outside the Beltway. A light breeze from the northwest should help dry us out as well. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Looking great — officially a Nice Day! — with mostly sunny skies and WARM temperatures with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. Winds should be generally light, but could increase out of the northwest to around 10 mph later in the afternoon. If you can pop the necessary allergy medicine, try to get outside and enjoy the plenty of remaining blooms and blossoms. Sunscreen, of course, is always recommended between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. this time of year. Get outside! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies should start off mostly clear, but increasing clouds could arrive from the west during the night (sorry stargazers). If venturing out, light breezes from the northeast won’t chill you too much. Lows around 50 are probable outside the Beltway, with low-to-mid 50s more likely downtown. If we see more clouds than expected, then more uniform lows around the mid-to-upper 50s are possible across the region. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Temperatures are still arguably comfortable, but increasing clouds probably hold highs to the 60s. The main question is the timing of rain approaching from the west. As of now it looks like we’ll stay dry at least through the morning into early afternoon, with a 40% chance of showers by mid-to-late afternoon. So don’t cancel outdoor plans at this point, but start thinking of a Plan B just in case. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Rain becomes likely Sunday night (70-80% chance) with several periods of moderate intensity possible, especially overnight into Monday morning as lows dip into the 50s. We may get a good soaking of around an inch or more before showers lighten Monday afternoon into evening, but gardeners stay tuned as exact amounts could still change. Despite mostly cloudy skies, a strong breeze from the south should help Monday highs hit the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Showers, if they stick around into the early-morning hours on Tuesday, should exit pretty quickly. Increasing sun should then help send our temperatures back into the comfortable range, with highs heading for near 70 to the mid-70s. Confidence: Low-Medium