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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 06/29/2008

Forecast: Storms Likely, Threat of Early Fireworks

By Brian Jackson

By Brian Jackson

This weekend comes to a stormy end today as a cold front once again approaches the metro area. This will be the focus for developing thunderstorms this afternoon, some of which could pack quite a punch. Be wary. Temperatures will remain warm today, reaching the upper 80s. We'll see slow but steady improvement the rest of the week with the days getting progressively drier and temperatures mainly in the mid 80s.


Mostly cloudy with thunderstorms developing, 85-90. Today looks to be pretty volatile as a cold front interacts with our hot and humid air. A shower or two is possible this morning, but watch out for a line of storms that will likely move through between the mid-afternoon and mid evening hours from west to east. In addition to torrential rain, these storms could produce some very strong winds. Outside of the storms, skies will be partly to mostly cloudy with a light breeze from the southwest at 5-15 mph. There should be some good outdoor time before storms threaten.

For tonight, most of the storm activity should move off by the mid-to-late evening hours, but there's a chance (30%) an additional storm or shower lingers, especially in any areas that miss the initial round. Otherwise, expect mostly cloudy skies and mild conditions, with low temperatures near 70. Winds will be light out of the southwest at 5-15 mph but very gusty near any thunderstorm.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek. And see NatCast and UnitedCast for the outlook for today's games.

Lightning near Glover Park, Washington, D.C. last night. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.


Still a chance for a T-storm, 82-86. We'll still have a lingering chance (30%) for an afternoon shower or thunderstorm on Monday but I expect most of us to remain quite dry. Skies should be mostly cloudy with a few extended breaks of sun here and there. Temperatures should reach the mid 80s.

Monday night, skies will continue to be mostly cloudy, beginning to clear by morning. It will be a good night to sleep with the windows open with temperatures dropping down to the low 60s.


Midweek looks to be quite fair for us this week as the sun returns along with comfortable temperatures. Tuesday will be becoming mostly sunny by afternoon and quite pleasant. Temperatures will top out in the lower 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

On Wednesday, we'll again see loads of sun, a good way to start the descent into your 4th of July weekend. High temperatures will top out in the mid 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | June 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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I'm not getting bad weather for my dance dates. Last night I made it to the Salsa Room on Columbia Pike. (It rained briefly during the dance.)

However, I'm getting precious little time to hike the W&OD Trail due to these continual Sunday forecasts for stifling and/or severe weather. Wish this "generic Sunday forecast" for "50%+ chance of thunderstorms, some severe" would let up and that we could get a sunny, dry Sunday for a change. Gosh. Am I going to have to wait until some time after Labor Day???

Posted by: El Bombo | June 29, 2008 9:55 AM | Report abuse

This is the only day in my schedule to go to the Folklife Festival. I really want to go but I am sick of getting rained on.

Posted by: ep | June 29, 2008 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Welcome to the Washington summer, El Bombo. Heat, humidity, and thunderstorms are a fact of life. Get used to it.

Posted by: Mike from Vienna | June 29, 2008 11:19 AM | Report abuse

@ep: Go now before any rain starts!

Posted by: Murre | June 29, 2008 11:35 AM | Report abuse

It looks like there is a tiny batch of rain moving this way from southwestern Virginia...if that holds together and gets here, will that stabilize the atmosphere and damper any possible severe weather later on today?

Posted by: weatherdudeVA (Lake Ridge) | June 29, 2008 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Will impending afternoon storms continue to shut down the Folklife Festival? We were there all day Friday and waited hours through two shutdowns, the last one final, as storms appeared on the radar but produced little but a good 10-minute summer shower in the Mall area. Do Festival people have a plan for coping with summer storms beyond shutting everything down each time a storm appears on radar?

Posted by: Bob | June 29, 2008 1:00 PM | Report abuse

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