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D.C.-area forecast: Nice weather through Thursday, with a few showers possible Friday and Sunday

Sunset at the Capitol on Tuesday. (Philip Yabut/Flickr)
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Today’s daily digit

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

9/10: Another winner but a point off for the haze due to the Western wildfires.

Express forecast

  • Today: Partly sunny. Highs: 75 to 80.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 54 to 59.
  • Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs: 75 to 80.

Forecast in detail

Our amazing stretch of early fall weather continues today and tomorrow, though the morning air does lose a bit of that crispness. We may also deal with a bit of high-altitude smoke from the Western wildfires that dims our sunshine. On Friday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta pass to our south, possibly brushing us with a few showers. Then on Sunday, a cold front approaches from the west, offering another chance for showers and storms.

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Today (Wednesday): The jet stream carries in a bit of wildfire smoke but not in a constant stream, so we should still see considerable sunshine, especially in the afternoon. Temperatures are warmer than the past several days with highs 75 to 80 as light winds blow out of the west. Humidity levels are still comfortable with dew points 50 to 55 degrees. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and not as cool as recent nights. Lows range from the low to mid-50s in our cooler areas to the upper 50s downtown. Light winds from the west. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): It’s very similar to Wednesday, with highs 75 to 80 under partly sunny skies. Once again, sunshine may be filtered some by incoming smoke. Humidity levels are a little higher than Thursday with dew points 55 to 60, but remaining relatively comfortable. This marks the sixth-straight day awarded a Nice Day stamp. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and pleasant with lows ranging from 55 to 60. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

On Friday, the remnants of Tropical Storm Beta approach, spreading clouds and perhaps some showers, especially in our southern areas. Highs range from 70 to 75 or possibly a bit higher if the remnants stay south and we manage more sunshine. Mostly cloudy Friday night with a slight chance of showers and lows near 60. Confidence: Medium

Clouds may linger a bit on Saturday, with increasing chances for partial sunshine by the afternoon. Highs are close to normal in the upper 70s, though it’s on the humid side compared to recent days. Partly cloudy and mild at night with lows 60 to 65. Confidence: Medium

Partly sunny, warm and humid on Sunday, with highs up near 80. During the afternoon and evening, some scattered showers and storms are possible. Confidence: Medium