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

9/10: No rain today? What’s the delay? How about showers tomorrow? Hope will only bring sorrow. Better chances this weekend? Yes, but the trend is not our friend.


Today: Mostly sunny, low humidity and breezy. Highs: 78-82
Tonight: Partly cloudy and dry. Lows: 58-65
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, late day showers/sprinkles possible. Highs: 72-76


For a second straight day, we enjoy bright sunshine and amazing temperatures. But then a gloomy period settles in Friday through the weekend. Although big rains probably stay parked to our south, the weekend brings clouds and a small chance of intermittent rain. Amounts are probably light but an occasional model does try to bring us more substantial totals. Fingers crossed, clouds break in time for Sunday evening’s spectacular full eclipse of the harvest full moon.

Today (Thursday): There could be some high clouds occasionally moving across the otherwise blue skies. Humidity levels are impressively low despite a steady wind out of the northeast. Highs top out in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Stars and moon come out ever more quickly in the evening, and any significant clouds are not likely to show up until late. Breezes continue to come steadily out of the northeast, but humidity levels hold at very comfortable levels. Lows range from upper 50s suburbs to mid-60s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds are likely to be more prevalent but should come in waves interspersed with some sunny interludes through the day. Northeast breezes continue their nonstop import of cooler air and it finally shows on the thermometer with highs holding in the low to mid-70s. A sprinkle or a little patchy light rain can’t be ruled out late in the day, mainly south of the District, but measurable rains are unlikely. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: A nearly full moon only sporadically peeks through clouds that scuttle through with regularity. There could still be some light rain, especially late at night and south of the District, but unlikely enough to settle the dust. Overnight lows reach the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

Papal parade. Sept. 23. ( Jim Havard via Flickr )


Saturday is unlikely to shake the clouds much of the day but don’t be surprised by an occasional burst of sunshine. There’s a small chance of intermittent light rain but steadier activity probably remains south of the city. Some areas could struggle to get out of the upper 60s where showers are focused, but much of the region should still reach the low to mid-70s. Cloudy skies and the chance of light rain continue through the night. Lows should hold in the low to mid-70s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The showers are likely to be less frequent on Sunday, especially later in the day, but clouds are still dominant. Highs range from upper 60s to lower 70s and with a bit more strength to the northeast wind encouraging one to grab a light jacket. There’s a chance there are enough breaks in the clouds by evening to allow a view of the full lunar eclipse that peaks between 10 and 11 p.m. Lows fall to the upper 50s in the suburbs to mid-60s in the city. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday should see quite a bit more sun and this allows highs to zip back up to the mid- to upper 70s for another fine fall day. Confidence: Medium