Children cool off at Yards Park in the District on Wednesday. (Victoria Pickering/Flickr)

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

7/10: Today finally brings some cooling, no fooling. And, if wrong, I may need more schooling.


Today: Mostly sunny, isolated afternoon shower possible. Highs: 85-89
Tonight: Mainly clear and calm. Lows: 63-69
Tomorrow: Sunny, humidity still moderate. Highs: 87-91

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Enjoy today as lower humidity and temperatures won’t last. The weekend warms and mugginess increases with it. Our dry soils are starting to have a warming influence on our temperature and that is anything but a positive development. Mostly dry weather dominates until at least late Sunday, turning many gardens brown but giving a green light to outdoor activities.

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Today (Thursday): Stepping out today should be more pleasant, with humidity levels remaining moderate and sunshine that has less burn to it. Clouds pop up at times and a brief stray shower can’t be ruled out in the afternoon (best chance east of town). Highs top out at seasonable levels in the mid- to upper 80s. Winds are barely noticeable. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The stars are on full display, with evening readings slipping into the upper 70s. Winds are calm and lows end up mainly in the mid- to upper 60s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine is abundant and humidity is still quite tolerable. Winds are minimal. Highs inch up a bit, reaching the upper 80s to low 90s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Starry skies dominate with little to no breeze. Overnight lows are mainly in the mid- to upper 60s. Confidence: High


Saturday temperatures only creep up a bit — as does the humidity, but not painfully. Highs reach the upper 80s to low 90s under sunny skies. The lack of breeze makes finding some shade or a pool a worthwhile task. Overnight skies are clear, with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: High

Clouds should start to pop up on Sunday, and a few will be capable of a shower by later in the day. There is still enough sun for highs in the upper 80s to low 90s, and mid-90s downtown are possible. Humidity levels are becoming uncomfortable for most. Overnight lows range from upper 60s suburbs to mid-70s downtown. Confidence: Medium

Monday should be partly sunny and muggy with highs mainly in the lower 90s. Showers chances increase especially in the afternoon but are likely to very scattered. Confidence: Medium