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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/30/2008

Forecast: Stormy Saturday? Otherwise Nice

By Camden Walker

WeatherCamOther than the showers and storms that may impact our Saturday afternoon, late spring will be very kind to us through the weekend and beyond. Temperatures will be a little higher than we've recently experienced, but at least humidity levels won't become too noticeable, except in the juicy air that may trigger Saturday's storms.

TODAY

Breezy. Low 80s. It will be sunny for most of today, and a little breezy--especially in the afternoon. High temperatures will nudge above 80 degrees. These southerly breezes could start to bring in slightly sticky air overnight...

Eventually skies will cloud over during the late night hours. Low temperatures won't go very low because of the cloud cover--mild mid 60s. Fairly steady 15 mph winds will be felt, too.

Confidence: High

Keep reading to see if the threat for strong to severe storms still exists tomorrow...

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The Washington Club in Dupont Circle gleams in yesterday's sunshine. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.

TOMORROW

PM thunderstorms probable (65% chance). Warm. Mid 80s. Morning showers should be isolated (20% chance), but starting in the mid afternoon towards the mountains, storms could develop as a cold front approaches from the west. The best chance of storms in the metro area is from late afternoon into early evening. Some storms may be severe especially if there is considerable sunshine during the day to fuel them. The highest risk may be north and/or east of the metro area, but the exact location of any strong to severe storms is difficult to pinpoint. Temperatures should hit the middle 80s. Winds from the southwest around 20 mph will be noticeable. Gusts could be higher, even much higher inside thunderstorms.

After dinnertime, skies should dim as any lightning from storms moves far east of us. Winds will become westerly, with temperatures cooling to the low 60s in town and the upper 50s in the cooler suburbs.

SUNDAY

Sunny. Low 80s. It's gonna be great. Skies will be clear again, and the cold front will have ushered in a dry airmass. Temperatures will still be warm, slightly above 80. Enjoy those sunny skies and perfect BBQ temperatures (if you didn't get cookin' last weekend).

Overnight, partly cloudy. And not too cool. Most places inside the beltway won't get below the 62-64 degree mark. Those outside the urban heat island, should be lucky enough to drop to the "crisp" upper 50s. Eesh, signs of summer with low temperatures already staying higher...

Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Beautiful weather continues into Monday with picturesque conditions. High temperatures near 80. Confidence: Medium-High

On Tuesday, a tad bit of humidity enters the region, but the weather stays pretty. High temperatures into the upper 70s. Maybe a slight breeze out of the south. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | May 30, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Bring back Wednesday! (Low 45, high 68) I don't want summer yet.

Posted by: Murre | May 30, 2008 6:13 AM | Report abuse

How will a 3pm flight out of Dulles on Sat. fare?

Posted by: flying on Sat. | May 30, 2008 8:03 AM | Report abuse

I'm driving from here to Indiana this evening (probably from 3:30p-1:00a...earlier if I'm lucky)and I just wanted to know if anyone has an idea of how this front coming in might affect that drive. Will we be driving through that front? If so, will the storms associated with them be more/less severe?

Just trying to get an idea of what I'll be dealing with when I'm tired and it's dark.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | May 30, 2008 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Laura -- You may very well meet up with that front and some nasty storms as you make your way into the state of Indiana this evening. General advice would be the earlier you get there the better. And if skies look threatening, try to find a radio station that will keep you informed about the weather.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | May 30, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Flying out of Dulles: We can't pinpoint the exact timing of the storms. They'll probably occur later than 3pm, but storms earlier cannot be ruled out.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | May 30, 2008 11:16 AM | Report abuse

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