The sun sets over Capitol Hill in Washington. (Jim Havard via Flickr)

Early-morning showers and afternoon cloudiness put a bit of a damper on an otherwise fine spring day. But as usual in the transient nature of the season, things are about to change. Summerlike conditions are on the docket as temperatures and humidity will be on the rise over the next few days, along with a near-daily chance of showers and scattered thunderstorms.

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Through tonight: Near-pristine conditions continue through sunset before clouds slowly increase overnight. Winds switch to the south late, pumping in higher humidity and keeping temperatures on the mild side. Lows will generally be in the mid- to upper 50s. Winds out of the south at 5 to 10 mph.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Friday): A line of scattered showers with some isolated thunderstorms will move through in the morning hours, with just a slight chance of isolated thunderstorms early Friday afternoon. Otherwise it will be partly sunny, warm and noticeably humid, with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. It will be mostly cloudy with quite mild Friday night, with lows in the low to mid 60s.

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