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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 06/28/2008

Forecast: Sticky and Stormy

By Jason Samenow

All but five days this June have been warmer than average and on nearly half the days we've had thunderstorms. So no one should be surprised by a forecast that features heat and possible storms as we close out the month. July, fortunately, will begin on a cooler and more tranquil note.


Sultry. Scattered late day/evening t'storms. Mid 90s. With flow from the south and southwest, the air will feel thick, heavy and less than refreshing. The combination of the heat and humidity will make it feel close to 100 in the mid to late afternoon. A few thunderstorms will likely develop, but there's just a 30% chance of measurable rain wherever you happen to be. Any storms that do develop will be capable of heavy rain and strong winds.

Overnight, a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms lingers, with most of the action probably moving east of the metro area after 8 p.m. Temperatures drop down to near 75 in the city, near 70 in the suburbs.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast for Sunday into early next week. See NatCast to find out your chances of staying dry at tonight's game.


Hot, with afternoon and evening t'storms. 90-95. Tomorrow will be fairly similar to today. Muggy conditions persist but storm chances will be higher as a cold front approaches from the west. Storm intensity will probably increase as well, with a few severe storms possible. But don't let the storm threat mess with your morning or early-afternoon plans. Conditions should be mainly tranquil (albeit hot) until the mid to late afternoon. The best chance of storms will be in the evening.

Overnight, a few storms may stick around through mid to late evening, with partly cloudy skies after midnight. Low temperatures reach the mid to upper 60s.


As the cool, dry air behind Sunday's front is slow working eastward, a few storms remain possible in the lingering humid air (35% chance) on Monday, especially east of the metro area. Otherwise, expect partly sunny skies with highs in the mid 80s. Confidence: Medium

High pressure builds into the region on Tuesday giving us mostly sunny skies, lower humidity and high temperatures in the mid 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | June 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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There seems to be squall line activity west of the Appalachians today; it may move in later.

My midday activities involve a midday (1 PM) opening ceremony at the SGI-USA Washington Culture Center on Mass. Ave., NW, over at 2:30 PM.

Posted by: El Bombo | June 28, 2008 9:21 AM | Report abuse

With all this talk of global warming- one
thing really bothers me which we never
hear anyone talking about. What exactly
is going on inside the earth ? My prediction is that the inside of the earth
is someday going to just simply explode and
the entire planet earth will be gone - just
like the "Big Bang Theory". There's a lot
more going on here than meets the eye !

Posted by: Mike | June 28, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Nice of you to share your random trollings and musings, Mike, but I might note that it's completely off-topic. Noting that this month has been warmer than average has nothing to do with global warming, it's a simple fact.

Posted by: Jed | June 28, 2008 10:38 AM | Report abuse

There are so many "Mikes" in this column, I'm going to start to identify myself.

Jason, I think you're a little gung-ho on the convective potential today. Widespread cloud cover and warmer temperatres aloft than yesterday will put somewhat of a damper on severe storm potential and keep things more stable tgoday, though a few storms, of course, can't be ruled out. Even so, I doubt they will be as strong as yesterday.

Now, tomorrow, with the cold front....that may be a different story.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | June 28, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

But Mike, Jason's forecast says "A few thunderstorms will likely develop, but there's just a 30% chance of measurable rain wherever you happen to be." Kinda sounds similar to what you're saying, no?

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | June 28, 2008 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Elevation is really nice this time of year. We are getting to 87 today, 82 tomorrow, and mid-70s by early next week. It seems like in DC, cold front or not, you just aren't going to get a temp much below 85 in mid-summer. Here we manage to get some 70s interspersed even in July. The summer is the time of year I most love the mountains.

Now if only there was a social life to speak of here... =P

Posted by: Jim in Blacksburg | June 28, 2008 2:13 PM | Report abuse

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