The World War II Memorial on June 28. (John Sonderman via Flickr)

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

6/10: The last few mild days have spoiled us, but warmth with muted humidity is a plus.


Today: Mostly sunny, breezy, only slightly higher humidity. Highs: 87-91
Tonight: Mainly clear, brisk breeze. Lows: 68-72
Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, increasingly humid. Highs: 89-93

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Our milder spell is behind us and, while not quite a heat wave, near to above normal temperatures are in our future through the weekend and holiday. For those escaping to the beaches (Beachcast at end of this outlook), getting out of town Friday looks relatively trouble-free (if we ignore the traffic). Thunderstorms should be more miss than hit through the Fourth of July except for Saturday when they may be a bit more numerous.

Today (Thursday): Sunshine dominates most of the day with just limited clouds at times. Highs are mainly upper 80s, but hotter spots are likely to make lower 90s. Humidity only slowly climbs, keeping the heat index muted. Brisk south winds help mitigate the increased heat as well. Confidence: High

Tonight: Despite just moderate humidity, evening readings are likely to only slowly drop to lower 80s. South breezes are gusty at times. Overnight, lows fall to the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine dominates the morning but scattered clouds are likely to puff up in the afternoon. And you’ll notice an uptick in humidity. Storm potential is practically nil, although a stray shower or two is possible, mainly well to the south and west of the city. Highs climb to the upper 80s to lower 90s with light south winds. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Skies become partly cloudy, and humidity is on the verge of uncomfortable. An isolated shower is possible, but best chances remain well to the south of the city. Lows are mainly from the upper 60s to lower 70s, but mid-70s are possible downtown. Winds remain light from the south. Confidence: High


Saturday holds the chance of a pop up shower or t’storm through the day, but chances are best in the evening/overnight as a “cold” front just barely reaches the area before dying an untimely death. Highs are upper 80s to lower 90s (mid-90s if rains totally falter). Overnight lows mainly stick in the low to mid-70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Partly sunny skies Sunday are not likely to develop into any significant rain, but isolated showers/t’showers could still put in a brief appearance. Highs are toasty, reaching low to mid-90s. Slightly lower humidity could allow lows to fall to the upper 60s, but warmer areas still hold in the lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday is mainly sunny and humidity should be just a tad lower, with highs in the lower 90s. Humidity is likely to climb back to slightly uncomfortable levels for the Fourth of July, but hopefully t’storms in the Midwest stay on their projected pace and fail to reach the area until late night, allowing for fine fireworks viewing. Confidence: Medium

Beachcast (Friday through Tuesday): 

• New Jersey beaches: Highs mainly low to mid-80s/lows upper 60s to lower 70s, best t’storm chance Saturday night/Sunday; ocean temps low-mid 60s/waves 1-3 feet.

• Delaware/Maryland beaches: Highs mainly mid- to upper 80s/lows upper 60s to lower 70s, best t’storm chance Saturday night/Sunday; ocean temps upper 60s to lower 70s/waves 1-3 feet.

• Virginia/North Carolina beaches: Highs mainly mid- to upper 80s/lows low to mid-70s, t’storms possible Saturday through Monday; ocean temps low to mid-70s/waves 1-2 feet.