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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/ 6/2008

Forecast: Sneezy Sunny Seventies

By Matt Rogers

Beware of the film fest

By Matt Rogers, Guest Forecaster

What film fest, you ask? The pollen extravaganza is back in full fury with the lack of rainfall (in most areas) over the weekend and very dry humidity persisting here today. Expect more pollen film coverage over everything along with additional misery for allergy sufferers. Otherwise, this weather cannot be topped (unless it were on the weekend, of course).


Mostly sunny. Upper 70s. Some fair weather clouds may dot the sky, but the sun will dominate. Temperatures will be a few degrees warmer than Monday's levels, but the very low humidity coupled with a light northwest breeze will keep conditions quite comfortable.

A few more clouds are possible tonight. Lows drop down into the middle 50s (cooler in the outer suburbs).

Confidence: Medium-High


AM sunshine, then some clouds. Near 80. After a sunny first half of the day, clouds increase late Wednesday as winds becoming southwesterly. This could increase humidity a little, but conditions will remain quite pleasant.

Clouds and maybe a shower are anticipated overnight with lows dropping into the upper 50s (maybe just low 60s in the District).

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.


Thursday is still warm with upper 70s to even low 80s for highs. A few scattered showers or thunderstorms are possible towards evening and overnight ahead of the next storm system. Confidence: Medium

Friday appears like it will be showery through mid afternoon with clearing probably not occurring until well after dark. High temperatures should be in the upper 60s to around 70. Confidence: Medium

Of the weekend days, Saturday looks better as weak high pressure builds in behind Friday's storm and ahead of Sunday's storm, meaning some sunshine. The storm Sunday will bring clouds and rain, most likely starting in the afternoon. Highs both days should be around 70. Note: the weather models continue to battle out the weekend details so stay tuned for more updates. Confidence: Low-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.

By Matt Rogers  | May 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Tha-ACHOO-nk you for the foreca-aaa-aaa-hhhhhhhhhhcho!-st. Seems like a nice few da-aaaaaaaaaaaaaachoo-ys, aside from the (sniff) pollen.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 6, 2008 7:30 AM | Report abuse

The gorgeous days are the worst for allergies. Not fair!

Posted by: it's stinks | May 6, 2008 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Anyone have an educated guess as to when we allergy sufferers will actually be able to appreciate the prettier days? Or should I just plan on holing up indoors with my antihistamines and my tissue box until October or so?


Posted by: Achoo! | May 6, 2008 9:22 AM | Report abuse

I don't seem to see or hear the pollen counts reported on the TV or radio weather reports. Am I missing something or has this become passe?

Posted by: jmsbh | May 6, 2008 9:25 AM | Report abuse

Pollen will continue as log as the oak trees keep blooming. Around here, however, the oaks are beginning to wind down. Walnut, hickory and ash are now blooming near peak.

Posted by: El Bombo | May 6, 2008 9:56 AM | Report abuse

jmsbh: The news stations are responding to our cries for showing less misery. In response, they just took the allergy report out. ;) They mention it every once and a while, but I don't see it very often.

Achoo!: It usually gets better when it's 100 degrees out, because the humidity will make it harder for pollen to float around. Unless you're like me and have year-round allergies. Then you're better clutching your benadryl and tissues...or moving somewhere where there are no trees, grasses, molds, or any other allergens. In other words, the moon. But how cool would that be!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 6, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Or, you can move somewhere with primarily coniferous vegetation. Miami, Phoenix, LA are a few that come to mind. My fiance has horrible allergies, and I suffer...because she can't come outside and play!

Posted by: Kalorama Park | May 6, 2008 10:19 AM | Report abuse

Would anyone care to speculate on what the weather is going to be like on the Outer Banks next week. I'm going down there and trying to figure out if I should pack some sweatshirts, if this mostly 70s is going to continue I imagine I'll need some for the evenings. I'm pretty sure swimming is going to be out unless there's a sudden 85F+ heatwave on the horizon (one can hope).

Posted by: Ana B | May 6, 2008 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Ana-- Initial indications are that it may be a bit cooler than average early next week, but will gradually warm to average. Packing a sweater is a good idea for early morning beach walks!

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | May 6, 2008 12:38 PM | Report abuse

Anyone know anything about this????

The National Earthquake Information Center, via FEMA Operations, is reporting that Northern VA has experienced rumblings equivalent to an earthquake of magnitude 2 to 3. It remains unclear if this was an actual earthquake, or due to another cause.

Posted by: Sara in Oakton | May 6, 2008 2:47 PM | Report abuse

OMG!!! first time i hear it that can be 80 or 70 degree!! it's soooo HOT!!! i will die if i live here :DD heh :D in lithuania +15 degree :D but it's cool :)

Posted by: lithuanian girl | May 7, 2008 12:00 PM | Report abuse

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