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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/22/2008

Forecast: Exceptional Eighties

By Camden Walker

Hopes for rain stay south with Fay

WeatherCamToday will again be sunny with highs in the 80s. And dry. The whole weekend will be dry in fact. And in the 80s. Is it getting repetitive yet?! We could certainly use a little moisture from, say, the remnants of a tropical storm? But Fay will stay well south, at least through early next week.


Mostly sunny. Low humidity. Mid 80s. Looks good, again. With light easterly winds and a mostly cloud-free sky, the sun will warm us to highs in the mid 80s. Humidity levels will again stay under control and not be too noticeable. Especially for August.

After dinner, clear skies will dominate as temperatures drop through the 70s, eventually dipping to the middle 60s overnight. Perhaps around 60 in places like Manassas or St. Mary's County. Winds will be light, out of the southeast.

Confidence: High

Keep reading to find out just how nice the weekend will be. Does Fay stay out of the picture?


Mostly sunny, again. A touch more humid. Lower 80s. Again it will be nice. Maybe even a couple degrees cooler, with highs in the low 80s. You might notice a touch of humidity, though it will still be fairly low. Top things off with mostly clear skies and light easterly breezes? We have a winner!

Just a few clouds for your Saturday night. Lows won't be quite as cool as they have been. Upper 60s in the city. Mid 60s in many suburban locations.

Confidence: High


Quite nice. More humid? Mid-to-upper 80s. Southerly breezes could kick up the humidity just a half-notch. Still, dew points in the mid 60s is not bad at all for August. It will feel pleasant and the sun will shine as highs make the mid to possibly upper 80s.

A moisture-starved front could bring an increase in clouds Sunday night but the chance of a shower is slim. Lows should be in the upper 60s in the suburbs to near 70 downtown.


Monday should be partly sunny with a slight chance of a shower and temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s. It appears this stretch of quiet weather has impressive staying power! Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, high pressure tries to keep moisture leftover from Tropical Storm Fay from working its way into the area. If it succeeds, then we're probably looking at a partly sunny day with highs in the 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | August 22, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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What a nice morning. Anyone else finding it difficult to concentrate!? :)

Posted by: Camden, Capital Weather Gang | August 22, 2008 9:05 AM | Report abuse

Huh? Oh yea, me too. What was the question?

Posted by: John - Burke | August 22, 2008 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I don't wanna work
I just wanna play in the sun all day*

*nods to Todd Rundgren

Posted by: Work? | August 22, 2008 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Indeed. This August is exceptional.

Posted by: Dave | August 22, 2008 10:20 AM | Report abuse

Staring out the window too much. But in doing so, I noticed that the few clouds up there are traveling WNW, which is pretty unusual in my cloud-watching experience. Possibly remote effects of Fay?

Posted by: Parker | August 22, 2008 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Since the surface winds are out of the east, it would make sense that you would see low clouds moving in a westerly direction, but the satellite loop indicates that the upper winds are in the opposite direction, which would correspond to the high pressure ridge north of the cyclone. That easterly wind component is also bringing up the humidity just a tad from yesterday:

11 AM (15) Aug 22 79.0 (26.1) 60.1 (15.6) 30.34 (1027) E 8

Posted by: CapitalClimate | August 22, 2008 11:21 AM | Report abuse

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