Forecast: A Winning Ticket -- Sun and Rain?
Nice today, then after a long delay, the remnants of Fay
Yes, today is forecast to be a wonderful addition to our week with low humidity, cool northerly breezes, highs only near 80, and partly sunny skies. But the big item on the agenda is a chance to snap the deepening deficit of precipitation later this week. After a long time campaigning through the South, the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay are finally forecast to push into the D.C. area late Wednesday into Thursday. To be fair and balanced, one weather model is shifting Fay's rains into the Ohio Valley instead. The thinking right now though is that Fay wants to visit D.C., so let's cheer her onward!
Partly sunny. Near 80. Sunshine may be intermittent at times today with clouds around, but temperatures will be solidly comfortable, spending most of the day in the 70s with a peak somewhere near 80 in most locations. Look for nice northeasterly breezes.
Pleasant weather should continue tonight with lows dipping down toward the mid 60s in the city to well into the 50s in the outer suburbs. Partly cloudy skies.
Clouds increase first, then rain chances. Upper 70s. Clouds should keep the daytime temperatures lower on Wednesday and showers/storms could begin their progression into the area as early as late morning, but more likely during the afternoon. Right now it looks to be about a 50% likelihood of precipitation during the second half of the day.
More showers and storms are expected to affect the metro area tomorrow night with lows down into the middle 60s mainly under mostly cloudy skies. Rain chances continue close to 50%.
Note: NOAA's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center (HPC) indicates several inches of rain are possible in the metro area through Saturday, with up to 5 inches in the mountains.
Thursday should be the main day for Fay with showers and storms more likely (around a 60% chance) and temperatures struggling to exceed the middle to upper 70s. The best chance for heavier downpours looks to be in the afternoon. And the sun should remain elusive most, if not all, day. Confidence: Low-Medium (due to the uncertain timing of Fay's remnants)
Friday should see some drying by the afternoon, but we cannot rule out some straggler showers that morning (30% chance). Look for morning lows in the 60s and highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s throughout the area. Partly sunny skies are possible by the afternoon. Confidence: Low-Medium
The holiday weekend is looking great from this early vantage point as Fay heads away just in time. There might be some shower chances on Saturday (30%), but otherwise dry weather, mostly sunny skies, and very comfortable temperatures look to be the main party platform, especially Sunday into Monday. Confidence: Low-Medium
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