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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/ 2/2008

Forecast: Warm Weekend May End Wet

By Camden Walker

Turning showery, stormy Saturday night

WeatherCamOver the next couple of days, you should revel in warm 80-degree temperatures. The first half of the weekend looks almost splendid, despite some errant clouds. Sunday appears to still be warmish (70s) but may be wet, as a cold front passes by.


Midday sun. Around 80. A nice Friday to be off from work! High temperatures will peak at 80 in most spots, but sunnier spots south of the city (Stafford, Fredericksburg) will have a chance at 85 degrees. Light southwest breezes and clouds will vary throughout the day. Boring in some sense, but at least we have just a minimal chance (15%) of a late-day thunderstorm (best chances north of the metro area).

Into the evening & overnight hours, clouds will move back into the metro area. As we reach low temperatures in the mid to upper 50s, near dawn, clouds may break somewhat to reveal some sky. Southeast winds will be light.


Some clouds but dry. Around 80. Clouds will be slightly more pervasive in the sky than Friday. I bet most spots will be juuuust a couple degrees cooler than high temperatures on Friday. But, if you score more sun over your house, you may end up warmer than Friday. It will depend on your luck just a little! Southeast breezes will continue to be light.

After dinner, rain chances increase. It will become mostly cloudy and showers (30-50% chance) could move into the area. Lows will be more uniform around the Beltway -- in the upper 50s. Southeast breezes will be light, but perceptible.

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week. Cooler? Dry? Also see my NatCast for tonight's game.


Mostly cloudy and wet? Lower 70s. Clouds will probably prevail over the sun. There is a 50% chance of showers and even a thunderstorm. The timing of the front producing the rain is a bit uncertain. It's possible the rain could end in the metro area during the morning, but hold on east of town through late afternoon or early evening. Check back over the weekend for more detail on the timing. Temperatures should reach highs in the 70s -- despite the lack of sunshine.

Overnight, clouds begin to clear and temperatures cool off. If the winds die down, 50 degrees could be touched in some suburbs such as Manassas and Germantown, but generally temperatures will stay in the middle 50s in the region.


Sun returns for Monday along with a light northerly breeze. High temperatures will only get to 66 or 68 degrees. Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, look for a carbon copy of Monday. High pressure will once again bring us sunshine (note: high UV intensity!) and temperatures in the upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Camden Walker  | May 2, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Gorgeous morning! Ended up with 7.06 of rain for April, outstanding!

Posted by: Mike from the Blue Ridge | May 2, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It is very nice outside, aside from a touch of humidity and a blizzard of pollen. We had a fire drill at 9:05 today, so we were outside for about 15 minutes. Perfect day for a drill if you ask me!

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | May 2, 2008 10:12 AM | Report abuse

You're not really a meteorologist, so please give this up.

Posted by: Morty Mackelhaus | May 4, 2008 8:24 PM | Report abuse

Oh! Wow! Rad! Totally Right on!

Posted by: Sal Brighten | May 4, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

That's a great fourcast. I used to be a DJ, juuust before going into fishing. One never nose what your getting into in the morning before the skies open up and tell you about the agenda for the day to come! lol! Props to you for helping us out to know what may happen.

Posted by: Leo Trasteverde (of southern fairfax) | May 4, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

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