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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/27/2008

CommuteCast: Showers and Some Thunder

By Ian Livingston

Becoming sunny and cool for Wednesday

Radar: Latest D.C. area radar loop and light-
ning strikes (key) from Weather Underground. Click here to zoom. Refresh page to update.

Humidity levels are up today as a cold front approaches the region. With only a few breaks of sunshine, high temperatures have reached the low 80s this afternoon, and may rise a little more prior to rain entering the picture.

Afternoon and evening: Scattered showers and thundershowers will move through the area. For the most part, storms should not be very intense. But a few strong storms with frequent lightning and gusty winds are possible, especially from the District toward points east. Rainfall totals should be light with most places receiving .25" or less, though a couple isolated downpours capable of producing closer to a half-inch are not out of the question.

Tonight: Shower activity should dissipate by around midnight, with clouds sticking around through the overnight hours. Humidity will fall as a drying wind from the north increases to 10-20 mph with some higher gusts. Temperatures will drop to the low 50s in the suburbs and mid 50s in the city.

Tomorrow: A brief shot of cool air visits the area for Wednesday. Even after skies become mostly sunny during the morning, temperatures will struggle to get past the upper 60s for afternoon highs. A wind from the north at 15-20 mph in the morning should decrease to near 10 mph during the afternoon.

See Matt's full forecast through the weekend.

By Ian Livingston  | May 27, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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Swing dance night. It figures to be wet.

Posted by: El Bombo | May 27, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

The possible event on Saturday is looking very interesting. SPC on it 6 days in advance as is the LWX discussion. Will be interesting to see this play out. Looks like it could be significant.

Posted by: Kenny | May 27, 2008 6:14 PM | Report abuse

Kenny: It is see this in the discussion:


Can't we just have one thunderstorm event without the words "deep layer shear" and "rotating storms?" Please? For once!!!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 27, 2008 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Wish it had stormed here in Loudoun. We never seem to get thunderstorms here in the daytime.

Posted by: Model Monkey | May 27, 2008 9:36 PM | Report abuse

AC's not working. Can someone let me know when the cooler air should be filtering in.. It's stifling in the house!!

Posted by: Z-man | May 27, 2008 9:55 PM | Report abuse

Z-man-- I know this is getting to you late, but winds are now coming from the north and temps should steadily drop through the 60s in the coming hours... It will be nice'n refreshing when you wake up.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | May 27, 2008 11:59 PM | Report abuse

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