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

7/10: A taste of summer is not such a bummer. But good rains will be lacking, so more pollen-induced hacking.


Today: Variable clouds, widely scattered p.m. thunderstorms possible. Highs: 79-83
Tonight: Partly cloudy, a lingering shower possible. Lows: 58-66
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a few p.m. thunderstorms possible. Highs: 81-85

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The heat spike over the next two days will be notable but not record-threatening. We flirt with a few hit-or-miss storms as the mercury rises, but widespread drenching rains will hold off until Sunday. There is then a chance for over an inch of rain, which we have managed to pull off only one other time this year. It may mess up the weekend a bit, but for fellow pollen sufferers, I say bring it!

Today (Thursday): An early morning shower is possible, but clouds are likely to break up as the morning progresses. They’ll pop up increasingly during the afternoon, however, with a decent chance for a few showers and storms to zip across the area. Shower coverage is likely spotty and overall amounts paltry. They may only hasten winds to further stir up the pollen. Highs reach the upper 70s to lower 80s, with mainly light winds out of the southwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: With readings in the 70s, the evening is perfect for getting out, but a lingering shower is still a minor concern. Overnight, some additional showers and storms could pass by with lows falling only to the upper 50s to mid-60s. Winds are light from the south. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): A summery day is on tap with moderate humidity under partly sunny skies. Highs top out in the low-to-mid-80s. Showers and storms are most likely in the afternoon but will be widely scattered with most amounts less than a tenth of an inch. Winds are light from the west. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Rain chances drop off in the evening as skies partially clear. Hopefully there will be enough breaks in the clouds to see the Lyrid meteor showers in the predawn as well as a sliver of a moon and Venus. Overnight lows range through the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Dandelions in Alexandria, Va. April 18, 2017. (Erinn Shirley via Flickr)


Saturday clouds up quickly, but showers try to hold off until evening. Highs reach only the mid-60s. The rain should become steadier after midnight. Lows fall to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Light to occasionally moderate rains are likely on Sunday with a decent chance for much of the area to pick up an inch if the storm track remains as favorable as it looks for now. Highs hold in the upper 50s to lower 60s. Rain can be expected to taper off overnight with lows in the upper 40s to the lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Monday should see skies clear with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s — a great day to get out and take advantage of the pollen-cleansed air. Confidence: Medium-High