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D.C.-area forecast: Cool, clammy, cloudy and sometimes stormy until Sunday

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

5/10: Fall-like 60s and breezes open meteorological fall (Sept. 1). Rain should stay spotty, but clouds dominate. Meh.


Today: Very cloudy, spotty showers, breezy. Highs: Mid-60s to near 70.
Tonight: Thunder and downpours possible. Lows: Mid-to-upper 50s.
Tomorrow: Showers, isolated storms. Breezy. Highs: Mid-60s to near 70.
Sunday: Morning showers possible. Highs: Upper 70s to low 80s.

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Our weather ahead is rather changeable. We are cloudy today, things turn wet tonight, tomorrow may bring some storms, and by Sunday we could clear out Harvey’s remnant moisture. At least it’s somewhat comfortable, while below-average? Meteorological autumn may continue to feel cool and be damp at times! Early next week looks kind of warm, though.

Today (Friday): Clouds dominate but any peeks of sunshine may percolate a pop-up shower, especially midday into afternoon hours. Nothing too widespread during the day, but we do have the remnants of Harvey moving toward our area slowly but surely. Temperatures get held back thanks to these clouds and spotty showers, in the mid-60s to near 70. Northeasterly breezes around 10-20 mph are possible at times. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Rain really picks up into the night, but hopefully holding off until after rush hour, and perhaps after sunset. Showers, periodic steady rain, and even some embedded storms and downpours. Near or around an inch of rain is not impossible. Winds calm just a bit and turn slightly out of the east, around 5 mph. Mid-to-upper 50s are about as low as our temperatures go. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Overcast skies and off-and-on dampness is likely. Isolated thunderstorms are also still a possibility, especially south and southeast of town. and they could be locally strong to severe. High temperatures may stay about 15 degrees below average, or in the mid-60s to near 70. Perhaps low 70s well south of town. Easterly breezes between 10-15 mph help reinforce that oceanic, damp air! Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Still generally wet. Likely showers remain off-and-on but a quick burst of steadier rain is possible in the late night hours. A few stars could be visible nearer dawn, but I wouldn’t bet much money on it. Low temperatures bottom out in the cool but muggy low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium


The second half of the day may prove best on Sunday, after morning showers and clouds have a chance to move out. Increased sunshine should help boost high temperatures into the upper 70s to low 80s. Light but steady west-northwesterly winds could hover around 10 mph but gust toward 20 mph at times in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Sunnier and warmer for Labor Day (Monday) and into Tuesday. Mid-to-upper 80s look likely, with perhaps a touch of summertime humidity helping facilitate a desire for pool or beach time! Put on that sunscreen and enjoy these low-rain-chance days. Confidence: Medium


New Jersey Beaches: Highs around 70, warming to around 80 by Monday. Lows in the 60s to near 70 by Monday. Showers and storms mainly focused on Saturday. Some clouds but much less on Sunday as skies clear, through Monday. Water temperatures lower 70s.

Delaware/Maryland Beaches: Highs low-to-mid 70s, warming to around 80 by Monday. Lows mid-60s, warming to around 70 on Monday. Showers, storms late Friday into Saturday. Showers spottier on Sunday, as skies clear through Monday. Water temperatures mid-70s.

Virginia/North Carolina Beaches: Highs upper 70s to low 80s Sunday/Monday. Lows upper 60s to around 70 Sunday/Monday. Rain and storms may be heaviest Friday night and linger somewhat through Saturday. Sunday could be mainly dry as skies clear through Monday. Water temperatures mid-70s to around 80.