Ducks at the Capitol Reflecting Pool, May 16. (Angela N via Flickr)

* Code Orange Air Quality Alert Thursday: Unhealthy for sensitive groups *

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

4/10: Today is hot and I am distraught, but not overwrought as the weekend is not … hot.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny, isolated t-storm possible late day. Highs: 89-93
Tonight: Partly cloudy, humid. Lows: 66-72
Tomorrow: Widely scattered t-storms possible in afternoon. Highs: 87-91

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

Our burst of summer holds on for the next two days but a cold front muscles in from the north late Friday with a few thunderstorms to signal its arrival. I was hoping to finally have a nice weekend. While the temps are a nice change of pace, the considerable cloud cover was not on my agenda. Nevertheless any showers of note hold off until Monday where they belong!

Today (Thursday): Plenty of sun can be counted on but some high clouds do keep it from being quite as intense. Unfortunately, the thin clouds do little to mute temps with highs again reaching the upper 80s to lower 90s across the area. Dulles has another shot at a record (91) but Reagan Nationals 96 is probably safe. Humidity is with us but not oppressive. Winds are light from the southwest. There is the slight chance for a stray late day thunderstorm but most stay dry. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies are partly cloudy and winds remain light from the southwest. Lows only fall to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The day starts off on a sunny note but clouds begin popping up by midday and some widely scattered thunderstorms are possible later in the afternoon. This marks the leading edge of a cold front but arrives too late in the day to keep us from reaching highs in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Winds are light from the west. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Any thunderstorms should quickly push off to our south in the evening and light winds shift to the north. Lows drop notably with low-to-mid 50s, except upper 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday should still see some sun but clouds are likely to hold the upper hand much of the day. A sprinkle cant be ruled out in the afternoon but most areas remain dry. Highs only reaching the lower 70s are a bit of shock but a welcome one. Overnight lows range through the 50s once again. Confidence: Medium

Clouds are much more dominant on Sunday but occasional glimpses of sun are still possible. Most shower chances should hold off until overnight but an approaching Midwest storm raises the possibility that a stray afternoon shower cant be ruled out. Highs are mainly in the mid-70s and overnight lows are mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

Monday is mainly cloudy and breezy as a cold front approaches from the west setting off showers and thunderstorms across much of the area. For now rain amounts look light. Highs climb to the upper 70s to lower 80s before the rains cool things down for what looks to be an extended period of milder weather through the week. Confidence: Medium