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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/ 9/2008

Forecast: September-like Splendor

By Jason Samenow

Seldom will we experience a finer day in early August than today. Conditions will be more characteristic of early September. The air will be delightfully warm and dry and we'll enjoy a pleasant breeze. Tomorrow's weather won't be of today's caliber due to possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. However, nice weather will resume Monday and may extend well into next week.


Partly to mostly sunny. 83-86. The air will be so dry this afternoon (dew point near 50) that it will actually feel several degrees cooler than the forecast highs in the mid 80s. And a breeze from the northwest at 5-10 mph will provide additional refreshment.

Overnight, skies will clear, with lows near 60 in the cooler suburbs and the mid-to-upper 60s downtown.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week. Also, check out SkinsCast for the preseason home opener and our forecast for the Virgin Mobile Festival.

A cumulonimbus cloud blossoms near National Harbor on the Potomac Thursday evening. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.


Partly sunny, chance of t'storms. Mid 80s. A wave in the atmosphere will ripple through tomorrow afternoon, setting off scattered showers and thunderstorms. In the immediate metro area, the likelihood of storms is about 30%, but that increases to 40% in the northern suburbs. Despite the possibility of storms, humidity levels will remain in check.

Overnight, a cool front will pass by and should dry us out. Lows will fall into the upper 60s in the city to the low 60s in the suburbs.


Low humidity and comfortably warm temperatures continue Monday with highs in the mid 80s. A stray shower or thunderstorm can't be ruled out, especially north of the District. Confidence: Medium-High

Tuesday looks to be pretty spectacular with mostly sunny skies, low humidity and highs in the low-to-mid 80s.Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | August 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Typo in the heading for the section on says Tuesday.

Good morning! Of course it's a beautiful Saturday - I have to work.

Posted by: ~sg | August 9, 2008 6:57 AM | Report abuse

61 cool refreshing degrees at 7 am in our little corner of Alexandria. Ahhhh, how nice to turn off the AC, save on the electric bill and enjoy some fresh air in the house.

Posted by: D.K. in Alex/Mt. Vernon) | August 9, 2008 7:44 AM | Report abuse

Just because I haven't in a while, I checked the experimental cyclogenesis page to see what might be down the road in the way of tropical weather. The GFS, GEM and UKMET are forecasting some kind of Cape Verde system to develop next week and possible reach the Windward Islands by the end of the week. It also looks like the eastern trough might pull off to the northeast at about the same time. Could be interesting for the east coast 10 days out or so.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 9, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

Is that another shot at China?
I mean you are Washington, not Zanzibar...
Or what?

Posted by: Alfred | August 9, 2008 10:51 AM | Report abuse

It is ridiculously nice out for a D.C. August. And pretty ridiculously nice out by any standard. Let's get out there and enjoy, baby.

Posted by: Lindemann | August 9, 2008 10:59 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Laura in NWDC | August 9, 2008 4:47 PM | Report abuse

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