Forecast: Will Fine Weather Last the Fourth?
Nice today. But what about that front on the way?
Already, friends and family from far and wide are on their way to Washington for the holiday weekend. But it's a traveler meandering through the Upper Midwest today that piques our interest most. Because by tomorrow, our old friend the cold front will have reached the Midwest and Ohio Valley, on track for a date with D.C. come Friday the Fourth. Like any date, though, it's not easy to predict whether sparks -- in this case, showers and thunderstorms -- will fly.
Sunny. Comfortable. Mid-to-upper 80s. If only this were the forecast for Friday: Sunny skies, low humidity and highs in the mid-to-upper 80s, with a light breeze from the west near 10 mph. Tonight, clear with lows in the upper 60s downtown, low-to-mid 60s in the burbs. As they say, that's good sleepin' weather.
Keep reading for the forecast through the holiday weekend, and check out our special July 4th forecast.
Mostly to partly sunny. Near 90. We should stay in the sun for much of the day with humidity a notch higher -- but not awful -- and highs climbing to near 90. (Plan to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen if you're headed to Tiger's Tourney.) A cold front beginning its approach from the northwest could throw some afternoon clouds our way, but any showers or thunderstorms should remain well north and west of the region.
Overnight, partly cloudy and mild with lows in the low 70s downtown, mid 60s in the burbs.
As of now, Friday is looking like a typical July 4th around these parts -- partly sunny and rather humid with highs near 90 and maybe some hit-or-miss showers and thunderstorms during the late afternoon or evening. For more details see our special July 4th forecast. Confidence: Medium
Looks to me like the front will hand around on Saturday and Sunday, meaning partly to sometimes mostly cloudy skies and a chance of a shower here and thunderstorm there -- but not a washout -- throughout the weekend. Highs should be somewhere in the 80s. Confidence: Medium
The early outlook for Monday? I don't see much of a change in the weather pattern. Right now I'd call it partly sunny with highs in the mid 80s to near 90 and a 20-40% chance of p.m. showers and thunderstorms. Confidence: Medium
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