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P.M. Update: Mainly clear and quite pleasant through Wednesday

Sunrise in Old Town Alexandria on Tuesday. (Lee M./Flickr)

It was another day when weather was considerably nicer than it could have been. We can be thankful that clouds and showers ended up farther southwest than anticipated. A relatively pleasant air mass blowing in off the ocean delivered some fair-weather cumulus as highs reached the low 80s. Any clouds will mostly dissipate with sunset. We’ll see something similar Wednesday.

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Through Tonight: Skies will probably turn mainly clear for a time this evening. Additional clouds will move by overnight; it will be partly cloudy on the whole. Lows will range from the upper 50s to the mid-60s. Light east wind early in the evening will turn calm at night.

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): We’ll still be under the influence of a dip in the jet stream across the Northeast. It doesn’t mean too much, but colder air aloft and a small disturbance or two in the stream should help percolate clouds during midday heating. An isolated, late-day shower or storm could roll by. Highs will be near or above 80 as winds blow about 5 to 10 mph from the northeast.

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Pollen update: Mold spores are low/moderate. Tree, grass and weed pollen are all low.

Big spout: A massive waterspout was seen off the coast of Destin, Fla., this morning. While a majority of waterspouts form under conditions that aren’t too menacing, this looked more like a mesocyclone tornado over water. A mesocyclone is the rotating thunderstorm core that often produces the larger, more memorable tornadoes over land.

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