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

6/10: Friday bonus point helps negate the increase in clouds, rain chances, and muggier, sweaty conditions!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Fairly cloudy, increasing rain chances. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.
Tonight: Periodic raindrops. Lows: Upper 60s to mid-70s.
Tomorrow: Shower chances remain. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.
Sunday: Partly cloudy. Lower mugginess. Highs: Low-to-mid 80s.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

A downpour later today may cause some of us to get wet, and we may need to dodge raindrops through much of the day tomorrow. It’s muggy, too, out ahead of our next cold front. But the clouds at least keep us from getting too hot. Sunday may be “best” weekend day. More unsettled weather seems likely next week.

Today (Friday): Clouds may win out over sunshine for most of the day. Muggier, tropical air is also overtaking us. Stray raindrops are possible any time, with higher and higher rain chances as the day wears on. Perhaps some downpours and storms by late afternoon. South-southeasterly breezes kick up by late afternoon near 15 mph and especially whip inside of thunderstorms. High temperatures should range in the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mainly overcast. A few downpours, storms and showers could roam our region into the early morning hours. Southerly breezes should remain light, around 5 mph. Mid-70s may be as low as we get downtown, with the luckiest spots outside of the Beltway seeing some upper 60s by just before dawn. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Brightening skies appear possible, but shower chances still remain throughout the day. Most raindrops should remain light and quick, but some afternoon storms will once again be possible. Expect to sweat with muggy conditions fully apparent. Tropical dew points at or above 70 degrees. High temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s could feel closer to 90 degrees. West-southwest breezes should remain tame. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: After a slight chance of evening showers, skies could display a few more stars. This is good news if you’re hoping to see Perseid meteors streak across the sky. Low temperatures try hovering briefly around the 70-degree mark downtown, with a few mid-60s in the Piedmont and valleys possible. Drier, more comfortable air should filter in on light northwesterly breezes! Confidence: Medium


Perfect Thursday morning — August 10, 2017. Lower, less-muggy dew points yesterday produced a crisp picture! (chasingmailboxes via Flickr.)

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday: Some cloudiness is possible — particularly midday into midafternoon — but rain chances remain muted at around 25 percent. A few showers may move from south to north during the day, perhaps even a thunderstorm later in the afternoon, but nothing too heavy or strong is expected at this time. Stay tuned. What you’ll love is comfortable air blowing in on moderate 5 to 10 mph northwesterly breezes, enabling low-to-mid 80s to feel great for August! Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Perhaps more stars than clouds and with low rain chances. This could change, but it currently looks decent with only slowly increasing dew points, little wind and essentially average low temperatures around 70 degrees downtown, with some mid-60s in the suburbs. We’ll take it, right? Confidence: Low-Medium

An unsettled pattern moves in for Monday into Tuesday. We need to keep an eye on the potential for downpours and for a few severe storms — stay tuned later this weekend for an update. Upper 70s to low 80s appear possible both days, assuming a fair amount of clouds. An easterly flow of light but semi-muggy breezes should keep entrenched that humid feeling both days. We’ll tweak the forecast, as needed, once we get a bit closer. Confidence: Low