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FORECAST IN DETAIL
At least our drought is out. But we appear to be done with sun in the near-term. Rain late today and for most of tomorrow could dampen some of our weekend spirit, but literal light (sunshine) at the end of the tunnel arrives Sunday.
Today (Friday): Clouds and sprinkles dominate our morning, with steadier rain arriving either during the late afternoon or into the evening. Plan on adding extra time for your evening commute just in case. We should briefly be able to pop into the mid-50s to near 60 before the steadier rain arrives. Yep, that’s well below our average high temperature of 74 for the city. Light easterly breezes blow 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-high
Tonight: Steadier rain is likely to push into D.C. by the evening rush, around 4 to 6 p.m. If not that soon, certainly by the sunset period. Rain could get moderately heavy by late night into early morning. South and east suburbs and the Eastern Shore have a higher chance of seeing the heaviest rain. We’ll watch it. Winds remain light out of the east. Low temperatures may hold around 50 downtown, with some upper 40s outside of the Beltway. Confidence: Medium
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Tomorrow (Saturday): Steady rain may last through midday, and showers keep us pretty wet until late afternoon. Needless to say, clouds dominate again. Northerly winds pop up a bit, toward 15 mph, as the storm tries to pull away. High temperatures are probably in the 50s again in most spots, but nearer 60 in the city and southeast. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow night: Outside chance of some showers or sprinkles, but the good news is that skies slowly clear. Low temperatures should bottom out just before dawn, in the upper 40s downtown, with some lower 40s in the coldest suburbs outside of the Beltway. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Mother’s Day (Sunday): Other than a bit of clouds mixing with sun during the afternoon, we should bask in a bright day, and enjoy drying out a bit. High temperatures probably eye the upper 60s to lower 70s. That’s still a couple degrees cooler than average but no complaints! Except, okay maybe some 20 mph westerly winds during the afternoon. Hold on to mom’s flowers! Confidence: Low-medium
Sunday night: It’s dry, mostly clear, and winds slacken down into west-northwesterly breezes around 10 mph. Low temperatures should drop to the upper 40s or lower 50s. If you have some lip balm to use up before the summer, this may be one of our last cool, dry-skin nights for awhile. Random tip. Confidence: Medium
The upcoming week’s warmer and sunnier trend starts Monday and Tuesday. Sunshine dominates and we hit our average high temperatures (low-to-mid 70s) for this time of year on Monday, although some northwesterly breezes can’t be ruled out. Some upper 70s to low 80s into Tuesday, and less breeze, are probable. The air mass should stay comfortable and unmuggy to start the week. Lather on that sunscreen! Confidence: Medium