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

2/10: The score is low, summer refuses to go. No rain for plants to grow, ah well at least no lawn to mow.


Today: Mostly sunny and humid. Highs: 94-98
Tonight: Mainly clear and muggy. Lows: 72-78
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, late day t’storms possible. Highs: 93-97

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I would wave a white flag, but I am mopping my brow with it. Summer heat refuses to leave without a fight and is likely to near record territory during the next three days. But fear not, a trusty cold front arrives to give us a couple of “that’s more like it!” days Sunday and Monday. Sad to say it looks like summer has designs on making yet another comeback next week.

Today (Thursday): Clouds from last night’s thunderstorms still linger into the early morning but disappear by midday. That allows temps to take off in earnest. While highs in the mid-upper 90s probably (though not definitely) stay below the record of 100 at Reagan National and BWI airports, Dulles has a good shot at busting the record of 93 that was hit just last year. Humidity is moderately painful and should help to push heat indices into the lower 100s at least. Breezes are unfavorably light from the west.  Confidence: High

Tonight: Evening readings fall through the 80s under mainly clear skies. Light southwest winds provide minor comfort but the humidity remains decidedly uncomfortable. Lows only reach the low-to-mid 70s with possible upper 70s downtown that could set a record (high lows).  Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Step outside and the mugginess instantly envelops you. Highs again rise to the mid-to-upper 90s in most areas with the lightest of west winds providing little relief. The only hope is for the occasional shade provided by passing clouds and the possibility of an isolated thunderstorm. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Look for thunderstorms to bubble up quickly just in time for the evening commute . . . sigh. A few storms could be briefly intense but as far as rain relief for our parched gardens that will be in much more limited supply. Lows range from upper 60s to mid-70s. Confidence: Medium

Metro passes through Arlington, Sept. 6, 2016. ( Erinn Shirley via Flickr )


Saturday is likely to have more clouds to offer, but the humid air mass is still pretty painful with highs still shooting up to the low-to-mid 90s in much of the region. A respectable cold front pushes through the area late and should set off a line or two of thunderstorms by the evening or at night. Lows bottom out in the mid-60s suburbs to lower 70s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

In the wake of the cold front, Sunday returns us closer to where we should be this time of year. Highs hold in the low-to-mid 80s with continued low humidity. Only a few clouds dot the sky and the overnight is clear and comfortable. Lows slip all the way down to the upper 50s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday has a touch more humidity but with highs only reaching the upper 70s to lower 80s, a bargain! Confidence: Medium