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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/22/2008

Forecast: Signs Still Point to Sunny Weekend

By Dan Stillman

But first, some clouds and maybe a couple showers today

For sure the early forecasts for a pleasant holiday weekend were too good to be true, right? Now that the weekend has almost arrived, you're changing your forecast, aren't you? After all, this is Memorial Day Weekend -- obviously clouds and rain are going to rear their ugly head at some point, no?

Actually, no.


Partly sunny. Quite breezy. Couple showers or sprinkles? Upper 60s to near 70. Much like yesterday, we'll see a mix of sun and clouds with highs reaching the upper 60s to near 70. Could see a couple passing showers or sprinkles, especially north of town. And it'll be quite breezy -- from the west in the morning, northwest in the afternoon -- sustained at 15-25 mph with higher gusts.

Tonight, mostly clear with diminishing winds and lows in the upper 40s to near 50 downtown, low to mid 40s in the burbs.

Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend. Also, see our Memorial Day weekend beach forecast.


Mostly sunny. Low 70s. Nice way to launch into the holiday weekend, with mostly sunny skies, highs in the low 70s, and winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph. Overnight, mostly clear with lows near 50 downtown, mid 40s in the burbs.

Confidence: High


Saturday and Sunday should be spectacular, with sunny skies and light winds. Highs in the low to mid 70s on Saturday, and mid to upper 70s on Sunday. Confidence: High

Monday looks great, too, and a bit more summery for those barbecues and pool parties. Highs should get at least to near 80, maybe even low to mid 80s, under mostly sunny skies. Some clouds may work their way into the picture late in the day as the long weekend winds down. Confidence: Medium-High

By Dan Stillman  | May 22, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Can we please get a break from the West wind? Nothing takes the fun out of bike commuting like a brutal headwind on your ride home, every day, for days on end. How about a nice breeze from the West in the mornings for a change?

Posted by: AshburnDave | May 22, 2008 8:47 AM | Report abuse

Ugh, when are we going to get some nice, consistent warm weather? It seems like it's been below average for weeks now. Mornings in the 40's and highs in the 60's in late May? C'mon.

Posted by: Brad | May 22, 2008 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Why in the world did the NWS issue a severe thunderstorm warning for Loudoun and Montgomery yesterday? There wasn't squat on the radar and we didn't have enough rain to get the top of my car wet. I also had Skywarn on and there wasn't a peep out of anyone to the west.

Posted by: JT | May 22, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

For AshburnDave: No, keep those northwest winds coming. My commute is from So. Arlington out to Tyson's Corner, and I've been loving that tailwind on the way home.

Posted by: Al | May 22, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

JT -- I believe the severe t-storm warning was issued because of the potential for wind gusts over 50 mph from that little line of showers/storms. Even if there's little rain or little to no lightning, they'll issue a severe t-storm warning due to wind, though it would seem to make more sense to call it a severe wind warning. In any event there was wind damage reported in the Philomont area of Loudoun County at 5:25 PM last night.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | May 22, 2008 9:46 AM | Report abuse

Dan that could be but when the line of clouds crossed the river it had completely fallen apart and the wind couldn't have been higher than 20 mph.

Posted by: JT | May 22, 2008 9:49 AM | Report abuse

I'm not complaining about the cooler temps. It will be hot humid and sticky soon enough! Got caught in a bit of a storm walking home yesterday. Couple of branches snapped and we had a tree down.

Posted by: Sara in Oakton | May 22, 2008 9:54 AM | Report abuse

Re: severe t-storm warning - yesterday, just after 6, crazy winds and scattered hail 'pinging' my balcony railings in chinatown. wasn't expecting that!

Posted by: Rishi | May 22, 2008 10:01 AM | Report abuse

Bizarre sudden t-storm yesterday during my 5:30 commute home. NWS actually had no rain forecasted at the time, yet had the t-storm warning issued.

Posted by: Jake in Reston | May 22, 2008 10:03 AM | Report abuse

The winds came through my neighborhood pretty strong yesterday, around 6pm (in PG County). The power went out for a moment, so I would say it probably deserved a severe tstorm warning for winds further west.

Posted by: jtf | May 22, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

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