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

6/10: Rain ends the high heat! Temperatures head back down toward average for this time of year. Woo!


Today: Partly sunny. PM storm? Highs: Mid-80s to near 90.
Tonight: Shower/storm possible. Lows: Upper 60s to mid-70s.
Tomorrow: Sticky. Showers/storms likely. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s.
Sunday: Variably cloudy. Occasional showers/storms. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s.


We retire this recent, sizable heat wave soon. If not today, probably within the next few. That’s betting on clouds and occasional rain holding back our temperatures below 90. While waves of storms yesterday helped improve air quality, the downside of additional heavy rain may be some localized flash flooding. It has been dry recently though, so let’s take what we can get if it’s not too much at once.

Today (Friday): Partly sunny overall but a lingering morning shower is possible. By later afternoon we have another chance of a few showers or rumbles wandering by. It’s still very humid, but hopefully we can stay just below the 70-degree “tropical” dew point mark. Note these showers and storms could contain downpours. High temperatures in the mid-80s to near 90 appear likely. West-north winds may blow between 5-10 mph, outside of any storms. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Showers and storms could linger past sunset (30 percent chance) but some locales could start catching a break, and stay dry. Skies are partly-to-mostly cloudy and low temperatures just before dawn may bottom out in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Downtown will feel chilly, what, below the 80-degree mark — it’s very welcome! Breezes shift early, from an Easterly direction, blowing around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Fairly cloudy and very muggy —perhaps even oppressive — with dew points in the low-to-mid 70s. It will feel very sticky and humid but at least temperatures remain “cooler” in the mid-to-upper 80s. Showers and thunderstorms are likely (70 percent chance), from midafternoon onward. Light and variable southeast breeze possible, between 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers and storms are likely to carry on (60-70% chance) for a bit. It remains very tropical-feeling with dew points in the mid-70s, and very cloudy. Low temperatures are likely around 70 outside of the Beltway, to upper 70s possible downtown. Confidence: Medium


Sunday: Perhaps just a hair less chance of showers and storms, but chances are still at around 60 percent. It’s still muggy and still warm, with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. Skies may be variably cloudy throughout the day, but probably a bit more sun than Saturday. We’re still expecting tropical-feeling conditions, with dew points above 70, but that can change slightly as we get closer (hopefully lower, but not making promises!). Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Mugginess could remain in the oppressive category, with dew points perhaps above the 70-degree mark. Low temperatures may only make it into the mid-to-upper 70s and there is a 40 percent chance of continued showers and storms. As you might suspect, skies may remain fairly cloudy and hinder stargazing. Confidence: Medium

August-appropriate weather starts the month on Monday and into Tuesday. Moderately muggy mid-to-upper 80s appear likely, with dew points attempting to stay below the “oppressive” 70-degree mark. Finer details such as mugginess and how numerous scattered showers and storms might be good reasons to stay tuned as we get closer. Overall, Monday has the higher (35 percent) chance of a shower or storm — and probably cloudier — when compared to Tuesday’s possibly sunnier conditions and lower (20 percent) chance of rain.  Confidence: Low-Medium