Forecast: Rain Drain
Time to launch the umbrellas again
By Matt Rogers
The umbrellas have gotten quite a workout here in May and the numbers confirm it. Washington Reagan National Airport has reported rain on 11 of the 19 days so far this month. The aggressive precipitation pace has made May 6.4 inches wetter than normal so far. That is quite a soaking. We are looking at two more rain days here today and tomorrow. The other story will be cooler than normal conditions. With morning temperatures expected in the 50s, a jacket might need to accompany the umbrella to work.
Cloudy, cool, rainy. Low to mid 60s. The heaviest rain activity looks to be in the morning and during the midday hours; but showers could still persist into the evening rush. Generally, about 0.5 to 0.75" of rain will fall. Expect cool weather in the morning with 50s and a struggle to reach the expected maximum mid 60s in the city.
Clouds break up late at night and cooler weather resumes. Lows should be in the 40s in the suburbs and near 50 in the city. Cool west to northwest breezes.
More clouds. More showers. Upper 60s. Another disturbance will swing through the area on Wednesday, offering the best chance for showers in the afternoon period. This is not expected to be as heavy or persistent as today's weather. Look for temperatures to peak in the upper 60s (still cooler than normal).
Clouds should once again offer a slow retreat and temperatures are expected to reach down to cooler levels in the 40s to near 50.
A LOOK AHEAD
Thursday and Friday can be paired together as they offer similar weather with sunshine, highs near 70, and lows in the middle 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High
The three-day holiday weekend outlook is looking grade-A right now with mostly sunny conditions and highs mainly in the 70s with lows in the 50s. Stay tuned for updates, but for now it looks as though the weekend will escape the May rain drain! Confidence: Medium
Matt Rogers is a meteorologist (Penn State, 1994) and Washington DC resident. He is the director of the weather group for MDA Federal in Rockville, MD and has been consulting for weather-sensitive industries for fourteen years.
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