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D.C.-area forecast: Rain chances and humidity to dwindle in the coming days

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

5/10: Steamy, warm, and lower odds of rain. It’s looking up from recently!


Today: A few showers, but turning sunnier. Muggy. Highs: Upper 80s to low 90s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, still muggy. Lows: Upper 60s to mid-70s.
Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Isolated PM storm? Highs: Upper 80s to low 90s.
Sunday: Sunny and comfortably summery. Highs: Mid-to-upper 80s.

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Soon we’ll see a welcome break from rain chances and humidity! We just need to get a wavering front to finally clear our region late tonight and early tomorrow. Then we’ll have summer heat without the serious mugginess. By Sunday, our region gets a much-needed chance to dry out after recent downpours!

Today (Friday): Scattered showers, and even a few rumbles of thunder are possible, particularly in the morning hours. Luckily for those who’ve already seen downpours recently, these rains shouldn’t last too long. Update 920am: Isolated strong storms have slightly higher chance of developing today than data presented earlier. Southeast of town appears to have lowest risk at this time. (Have added Storm Threat Level of ‘1’ below). Clouds are on the decrease, and we could see decent amounts of sun during the afternoon as high temperatures top out in the upper 80s to lower 90s. It’s perhaps the muggiest day of this forecast. We profusely sweat one last day (for now). West-northwesterly winds could peak midday between 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Cloud cover should stay limited, but rain chances are very low as temperatures bottom out in the upper 60s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-70s downtown. Mugginess pops back up for the night, as light southwesterly winds stubbornly pump in a tad more juice from the Gulf of Mexico. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): High temperatures could end up right about average for this time of year in the upper 80s to perhaps low 90s. Thanks to west-northwest winds around 10-15 mph ushering in drier air, mugginess gets back in check just a bit as well, with sweaty upper 60s dew points falling to more tolerable lower 60s by late afternoon (fingers crossed). Clouds generally stay limited, but some showers or even a thundershower could pop during the midday through mid-afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Skies should clear out and stay that way, along with dry conditions. Humidity also continues to drop. With mostly clear skies, check out the rising full “Thunder” moon. Most of the region sees low temperatures in the 60s — with near 70 degrees possible downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday: Potential gem of the weekend and this forecast period! Sunny skies, low humidity, light northwesterly breezes, and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. Enjoy! With sunscreen and UV-protecting gear of course. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday night: Conditions could remain mostly clear and mostly comfortable, as dew points slowly creep back up to muggier (60s) levels. Low temperatures could reach the upper 50s in the coolest of spots in the Blue Ridge, but most of us in and around the Beltway stay in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

Sun should dominate over cloud cover, and the increasing humidity stays relatively under control Monday and Tuesday. Isolated pop-up shower and storm chances are possible, but nothing major appears likely at this time. We’ll tweak the forecast as we get closer, if necessary. Both days likely feature temperature ranges of the upper 80s to perhaps mid-90s (by Tuesday). Some breezes could keep the air breathable and prevent it from stagnating. Whew! Confidence: Medium