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D.C.-area forecast: Tolerable heat today, with downpours a good bet Friday

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D.C.-area forecast: Tolerable heat today, with downpours a good bet Friday


Today’s daily digit

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

3/10: Less heat brings brief relief but still warm enough to give some grief.

Express forecast

  • Today: Clearing, light breeze, less humid. Highs: 86 to 92.
  • Tonight: Increasing clouds, showers possible late night. Lows: 67 to 73.
  • Tomorrow: Occasional showers/storms, more humid. Highs: 77 to 83.

Forecast in detail

The worst of the heat and humidity is swept out to sea, giving us a decent summer day. Showers and storms surge inland tomorrow into Saturday and could deliver a much-needed drenching for some. Alas, once the rain departs, the heat cranks back up Sunday into early next week.

Today (Thursday): The storms from last night are long gone by dawn. Clouds may linger early but should largely diminish to just a few puff balls by afternoon. Highs peak in the more seasonal upper 80s to lower 90s. More importantly, humidity isn’t as high, with dew points in the mid-60s versus yesterday’s mid-70s. Breezes are minimal. Confidence: High

Tonight: Showers and storms start creeping inland from the Atlantic from east to west across the area. A few could reach the area just before dawn. Lows slip to the upper 60s to lower 70s and winds are mainly calm. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Intermittent showers and storms are likely moving uncharacteristically from southeast to northwest. Tropical moisture is in good supply, so there’s the potential for some areas — especially along and east of Interstate 95 — to see over an inch of rain; but amounts farther west may decrease substantially. All the rain and clouds should give us a real break in the heat with highs only in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Scattered showers and a few storms linger through the night with lows again in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Showers and isolated storms should become more limited as Saturday progresses. Rain chances will tend to be higher in our eastern areas. Heat is definitely knocking on the door as it begins pushing back into the area from the west. Highs climb to the upper 80s to lower 90s with moderately high humidity. Overnight lows settle in the upper 60s to mid-70s. Confidence: Medium

The heat steadily builds back in with highs Sunday in the low to mid-90s, and Monday in the mid- to upper 90s. Dew points are near 70, making it feel even hotter. With this much heat, an isolated storm or two could pop up late afternoon/evening either day. Lows range through the 70s. Confidence: Medium





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