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D.C. area forecast: Showers today give way to a sunnier weekend ahead

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

6/10: Muggy but not hot. Damp but not soaking. It’s an okay Friday in August. Though some may have wanted more rain.


Today: Mainly cloudy with periodic rain, showers. Breezy. Highs: Upper 70s to mid-80s.
Tonight: Slowly decreasing chance of showers. Mostly cloudy. Lows: 60s.
Tomorrow: Early shower? But slowly clearing by midday. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.
Sunday: Sunny, getting summery again. Highs: mid-to-upper 80s.


Periodic rain and showers today may be welcome by the gardeners. If any outdoor plans are on hold, you’ll have a chance starting Friday evening for some great weekend weather conditions. Humidity mainly stays under control but both it and temperatures are slowly going up. By next week it looks like showers and storms are back in the picture.

Today (Friday): A bit of rain and showers are likely from time to time especially before Noon (40% chance), but it does not appear to be a “wash out.” Rain starts to taper off in the afternoon. Substantial cloud cover and periodic rain help cap afternoon high temperatures a bit from the upper 70s in wetter spots to perhaps mid-80s downtown. Winds from the northeast could occasionally gust near 20 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers should end early and chance of rain decreases to 20%, and skies clear out. Overnight lows are in the upper 60s downtown, lower 60s possible well outside the Beltway. Light winds from the north around 5 mph may be felt from time to time. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): East of town may see a few showers in the early morning, but the entire region is on a clear-out trajectory. A few clouds could bubble up in the afternoon but we should stay mainly dry. Low-to-mid 80s are fairly behaved high temperatures for August, and humidity could be worse. North breezes around 5-10 mph are possible at times, and they help keep humidity low. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: More stars than clouds! Star gazers should be sure to check out the view of Saturn almost directly overhead. Low temperatures should be in the 60s again for the region (upper 60s downtown; low 60s in the far suburbs). Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Looks good. With sunny skies and humidity staying relatively moderate, it should get a fairly high Daily Digit rating. High temperatures by later afternoon should hit the mid-to-upper 80s. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday night: Some clouds are around but it should be mostly clear at times. Yes, that mugginess starts to creep back up in the late afternoon. Keep those windows closed (and A/C on!) with low temperatures around the Beltway staying in the mid-70s potentially. Upper 60s possible in the cooler spots, but even cool spots may be muggy. Confidence: Medium

Humidity continues on the upswing by Monday and Tuesday. High temperatures in the mid-80s feel pretty August-like. Chances of showers and thunderstorms are also slowly increasing. From about 40% on Monday to perhaps near 60% by the evening on Tuesday. If we are lucky, there will be enough cloud cover around to keep us from feeling too hot and reduce chances of major sunburns. Still, midday sun block is recommended. Confidence: Medium-Low