Forecast: Will the Delayed 90s Finally Arrive?
Fearless forecaster will make another attempt
Back on Friday, over the weekend and yesterday, there were gobs of various weather reports forecasting the return to 90-degree weather in the Washington area. But the reality has been that the last time the official D.C. observing station, at Reagan National Airport, saw 90 degrees was a week ago. Instead, temperatures have rested in the mid-to-upper 80s. That is a great way to be here in July. So, do I risk ridicule by calling for 90 today? I'm going to give it a try. Increasing southwest winds should make today and tomorrow increasingly hot and humid.
A little hotter with a touch of humidity. A few clouds around too. Highs near 90. Some forecasters are braving it and forecasting low to middle 90s today, but given expected intermittent cloud cover as well as recent under-performing temperature expectations, we'll go for a nice round high near 90 for the metro area today (hottest downtown and to the south, of course). Winds will be southwest and generally light. One cannot rule out the threat of a thunderstorm (let's give it a 20% chance for now).
Partly cloudy skies with that humidity sticking to the air (and your skin) a bit more than last night. Lows in the lower 70s.
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. See NatCast for the outlook for tonight's game.
Hottest day of the week with isolated storms. Low-to-mid 90s. The trusty weather models are telling us that tomorrow should be the hottest day of the week. This makes sense as a burst of hotter weather from the Midwest and Plains races eastward. The combination of the heat and increasing humidity will make it feel like 100. Some clouds and scattered afternoon/evening thunderstorms cannot be left out of the picture (35% chance).
A shower or storm is possible in the evening period (running that 35% chance onward here) with lows dropping down toward the lower to middle 70s (warmest in the District as usual).
Thursday and Friday will highlight another round of widespread thunderstorm activity. The focus of this threat should be from Thursday afternoon into the morning hours of Friday. Look for a 60% chance of storms through this period. Highs Thursday and Friday should be in the upper 80s, but Friday afternoon will feel more comfortable as humidities trend lower once again. Confidence: Medium-High
The weekend is looking a little tricky on the temperature side of things.
Saturday looks to continue Friday's theme of drier humidities and more comfortable temperatures. Again look for highs in the upper 80s with generally sunny skies. Confidence: Medium
Sunday should be mostly sunny as well, but some weather models are also making that day very, very hot. Forecast confidence is very low this many days ahead, but we could see a burst of heat well up into the 90s that would linger into early next week as well. Stay tuned to the fine forecasters of the Capital Weather Gang for updates on this possible stronger heat event. Confidence: Low
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