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

5/10: Raindrops today are a small price to pay, for the first weekend of May will make everyone say “yay”!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Occasional showers, isolated pm t’storms. Highs: 69-73
Tonight: A few showers. Lows: 47-51
Tomorrow: Mainly cloudy,  shower possible. Highs: 61-67

FORECAST IN DETAIL

While the next couple of days are not so great, we may need to come up with a new “nice weekend” stamp of approval – warm but not too warm, hardly a breeze to be had, and just enough clouds to give the sky a little character. But I am getting ahead of myself.

Umbrella toting is encouraged today and even tomorrow although some areas may struggle to end up with measurable rain. So even my normally rosy talk about benefits to gardens and pollen scrubbing don’t apply to all.

Radar loop over the past two hours. Refresh page to update.

Today (Thursday): The weather is going to have a hard time making up its mind. Clouds are in the majority but occasional breaks are still likely. Showers chances increase from west to east as the day wears on (reaching about 80 percent in the afternoon) but are likely to be intermittent and scattered. Isolated thunderstorm are expected to pop up in the afternoon with brief heavy downpours. For most, amounts from this system end up a quarter inch or less but a few spots (favored to be in western areas) could see over an inch. Highs still make lower 70s in all but the cloudiest spots. Breezes are light from the southeast. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds are dominant and an occasional shower remains ever possible (60% chance), with the heaviest and steadiest activity west and southwest of the Beltway. Overall rain activity decreases after midnight. Breezes shift to come from the northeast but only 5-10 mph. Lows reach the upper 40s suburbs and lower 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds hold the upper hand most of the day and there is still a slight chance of a shower (30%) but rain amounts are insignificant. Sunshine should peek through as the afternoon progresses. Sunnier spots should attain highs in the mid-60s but for those stuck in the gloom, lower 60s are the ceiling. Jackets recommended as breezes from the northeast are strong enough (10-15 mph) to give a chill. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies gradually clear through the night as winds diminish. Lows fall to the mid-upper 40s except downtown where 50 is more likely. Confidence: High


April 28, 2015 (Brian Allen via Flickr)

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is darn close to perfection save the outside (20 percent) chance of an afternoon stray shower. Partly to mostly sunny skies, minimal breezes, and highs near 70. Get out and enjoy! Azalea gazing is on top of my list and right on cue, the full “flower” moon rises on a beautiful evening. Lows only slip to the low-to-mid 50s with upper 40s in the far out burbs. Confidence: High

Appropriately sunshine dominates Sunday. Breezes remain gentle and highs push into the mid-to-upper 70s. Look for a few “hot” spots to make 80 but I doubt anyone will complain as humidity is not an issue. Skies remain starry overnight with lows ranging  through the 50s. Confidence: High

Monday is another winner with plenty of sun and light breezes. Highs around 80 may prompt some to start pondering pool opening dates but with humidity still quite manageable, few should complain. Confidence: Medium-High