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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/29/2008

BeachCast: Suspect Start to Holiday, Strong Finish

By Dan Stillman

Labor Day Weekend at the Delaware and Maryland beaches will be neither a washout nor a scorcher. Instead, it'll be marked by a cloudy and cool start today and early tomorrow, followed by a warmer, sunny finish come Sunday and Monday.

Keep reading for the BeachCast details. Also, see our D.C. metro area forecast through the holiday weekend, and NatCast if you're headed to tonight's game at Nationals Park.


Graphic courtesy Google.

Your reward for starting the weekend early?... a cloudy and cool Friday with highs in the mid 70s and maybe a passing light shower or bit of drizzle. Continued cloudy Friday night with lows in the upper 60s to near 70 and a chance of a stray shower.

Clouds probably linger Saturday morning, with periods of sun for the midday and afternoon as highs approach 80 (it'll be quite humid). Any given spot stands about a 25% chance of seeing a shower or thunderstorm in the afternoon or early evening. Partly cloudy skies Saturday night with lows in the upper 60s to near 70.

Sunday and Monday are looking pretty sweet with a lot of sun and highs in the low 80s. Humidity hangs on for Sunday, but drier air should arrive for Monday. Clear skies Sunday night with lows in the mid 60s.


Water temperatures are at their warmest of the year -- in the low-to-mid 70s.


Will the unofficial end of summer be a good weekend for surfing? Well, I'm no surfing expert, but these folks seem to have a beat on it.


It should go without saying that you need sunscreen anytime you're out on the beach for an extended period of time, even when it's cloudy. That said, clouds will keep the UV index to the moderate range on Friday and early Saturday. But UV may approach the high range as clouds dissipate for Saturday afternoon, and should easily be in the high range Sunday and Monday thanks to mostly sunny skies.

By Dan Stillman  | August 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
Categories:  Beachcast  
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What is your weather outlook for the Outer Banks? Should we be worried about Tropical Storm Hannah?

Posted by: Outer Banks | August 29, 2008 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Outer Banks-- No you should not be worried about Hanna this Labor Day weekend. It will be quite a distance away out in the tropical Atlantic... still well east of the Bahamas.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | August 29, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

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