Forecast: A First Class Kind of Day
But Fourth of July outlook may require seat belts
After several days of heat, humidity, and some severe thunderstorms, the skies are finally turning friendly today. There may be a bump or two during the afternoon with an isolated shower or thunderstorm, but the big story will be lower humidities and temperatures. Wednesday should also offer clear sailing with plenty of opportunities to get up and walk about the city. Unfortunately, hints of turbulence are indicated by later on Thursday into the holiday weekend with more heat, humidity, and thunderstorms.
Very comfortable temperatures (lower 80s) with isolated showers in the afternoon Look for variable sky cover as the winds bringing our comfortable, lower dewpoint air will also bring some unstable cool air at higher altitudes. This could even generate a few widely scattered showers and thundershowers this afternoon (20% chance with only isolated light accumulations).
Clouds are expected, especially this evening. Expect cooler temperatures all the way down into the lower to middle 60s throughout the metro region.
Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend.
Pleasantry persists. Highs in the middle 80s. After a relatively cool morning, temperatures will only peak toward the mid-80s throughout the region, but the big enhancer for nice day status will be those low humidities. West to southwest breezes are expected with some occasional cloud cover (but more sun than today).
A slight increase in humidity might be felt Wednesday evening, but temperatures should still drop into the middle to upper 60s (maybe near 70 in the District).
Thursday brings our journey back full circle with a new build-up of heat and humidity. High temperatures should be near 90 in the city and perhaps upper 80s in the suburbs. Southwest winds will increase humidity underneath partly cloudy skies.
The holiday weekend is looking more and more like an opportunity for Mother Nature to show off her own fireworks. The weather models are now suggesting an impinging cold front on Independence Day that could spark more storms than previously forecast. Look for a 40% chance of thunderstorms with highs in the upper 80s. Saturday and Sunday look to be on the humid side too with partly cloudy skies, highs in the middle to upper 80s, and a daily 40% chance of thunderstorm activity.Confidence: Low to Medium
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