TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
6/10: Less sun than recently. Fairly muggy. Grab that umbrella. Try to enjoy midday dryness with a lunch break outside?
Today: Showers, maybe storms. Driest early. Highs: Near 80 to mid-80s.
Tonight: Shower/storm chances wane. Lows: Mid-60s to near 70.
Tomorrow: Fewer showers/storms. Highs: Mid-80s.
Sunday: Fairly cloudy. Storms likely. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
We have a fairly warm and muggy weekend ahead, but we can dodge some of the showers and storms at times. Especially on Saturday—that could be the best outdoorsy day. A cold front slowly approaches us Sunday, storms may pop, and then drier air moves in for the workweek. It could even turn fairly nice…once we’re back inside the office!
Today (Friday): Sun is here and there as our shower and storm chances increase by afternoon. Fairly muggy temperatures near 80 to mid-80s rule the region. There is about a 60% chance of rain. A downpour or two can’t be ruled out, but they shouldn’t last forever. Southerly breezes vary a bit but blow at around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Shower/storm chances persist through about sunset with an isolated, brief downpour possible. But by late evening and into early morning hours, rain tapers to around 10-20% chance. Skies remain mostly cloudy with low temperatures not cooling too much–into the mid-60s to near 70. Light southeasterly breeze possible. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Saturday): This could be the best outdoor day of the weekend as rain chances “dwindle” to “only” 30% chance or so. Let’s call for possible rain-free periods later in the morning into midday but it’s hard to pinpoint afternoon rain activity at this time. Partly sunny skies should allow high temperatures to get into the mid-80s in much of the region. Dry/sunnier spots eye the upper 80s, maybe. We have a cold front slowly approaching so skies stay mostly cloudy we think. Winds look light but variable in direction. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow night: As the next cold front approaches ever-closer from the west, we have higher (50%) shower chances through the night. Low temperatures should get into the upper 60s outside of the Beltway, but probably only lower 70s downtown. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Sunday: Showers and thunderstorms are likely with around 70% chance you get wet. Especially in the afternoon. We will have to continue to monitor the potential severity of these storms. They could pack a punch, mainly when it comes to wind damage threats. No widespread severe outbreak is currently expected—just check back with us for updates. High temperatures should make it into the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium
Sunday night: Evening showers and storms remain possible, but the cold front does eventually make its way through. This calms the atmosphere, ends the unsettled weather, and we slowly start feeling some drier air move in. We have a 50/50 chance of dampness and low temperatures don’t drop too much under mostly cloudy skies, perhaps into the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium
Wow it could be nice on Monday, but upper 70s to mid-80s are harder to enjoy as we start our workweek. We might even re-ink the Nice Day Stamp if humidity levels do indeed slip down into a lower, more comfortable setting. Skies appear to want to be mostly sunny for the day. We’ll watch for any (hopefully none) forecast tweaks until then. Perhaps even adding a couple degrees to the high temperature projections? Confidence: Medium
Tuesday also could be more sunny than not — and warm. High temperatures in the 80s appear likely region-wide. The humidity may creep back up a bit though. We’ll watch that comfort level for ya! Stay tuned. But keep sunscreen and those sunglasses on standby! Confidence: Low-Medium