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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/29/2008

Forecast: Delightful Drying

By Jason Samenow

Showers late tomorrow; cool weather arrives Wednesday

Say goodbye to the sticky, showery weather of the past several days. Winds from the northwest will dry us out today into the first part of tomorrow. A cold front will bring another brief chance of showers tomorrow evening, before we start a long stretch of dry, but cool weather on Wednesday.

TODAY (MONDAY)

Partly sunny, near 80. The weekend's tropical stickiness will gradually be replaced by less humid air from the northwest. Today's high of 80 will be more comfortable than yesterday's. We'll have a mix of sun and clouds, but fortunately, without the sun showers of the past couple days. You can leave the umbrellas at home.

Mostly clear to partly cloudy overnight, with lows in mid 50s in the suburbs to near 60 downtown. Light winds.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week. See our Weather Wall for the ultimate overview of D.C. area current conditions.

TOMORROW (TUESDAY)

Warm, late day showers/t'storms. Near 80. A good part of the day will be partly sunny and pleasant with temperatures rising through the 70s. By mid to late afternoon, clouds will likely increase with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. The highest chance of rain (and greatest rain coverage) will likely be north and northeast of the metro area.

Overnight, some scattered showers remain a possibility (30% chance) until the passing cold front pushes well east of the area by morning. Lows will generally be in the upper 50s.

A LOOK AHEAD

Noticeably cooler air arrives Wednesday and Thursday as a Canadian airmass builds in from the northwest. Highs both days will be near 70, with northwesterly breezes at 10-15 mph. Both Wednesday and Thursday night will be chilly with lows near 50 downtown and in the mid 40s in the suburbs.Confidence: Medium-High

On Friday, a weak, rain-free cold front will reinforce the cool air in place. High temperatures Friday through the weekend should be near 70, with mostly sunny skies and generally light winds. Overnight lows will be crisp and cool, with lows from the low-to-mid 40s in the suburbs to near 50 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | September 29, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

The mid to late week weather sounds very nice. I had enough of the clouds and rain over the past four days!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | September 29, 2008 6:06 AM | Report abuse

West Springfield storm total = 1.56"
Good 'n' wet.

Posted by: Bikerjohn | September 29, 2008 6:21 AM | Report abuse

Cap Weather Gang:

I was very skeptical when you all switched from the old website to the new site here at the Washington Post. It has been a pleasure to see the site evolve and to watch how the content and added technology has made it more enjoyable for the users.

As we head to the first winter with this site, let's hope for bad weather and lots of snow. The one thing about the old site --- we never really got any juicy snow storms. Sure -- some quick dumpings and ice but no real long event like 1996 or 2003. Our time has come!

Keep up the good work.

Posted by: Greg | September 29, 2008 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Congrats, Laura in NWDC!

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/index.shtml?

Posted by: Sterling | September 29, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Minor typo, but today (Monday) is not (Saturday).

Posted by: Jim F | September 29, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

Greg: Thanks for the nice comment. We went through some transition pains but feel like we're hitting a stride now. We're all looking forward to winter.

Jim F: Thanks for noticing the typo. Fixed.

Posted by: Jason, Capital Weather Gang | September 29, 2008 8:21 AM | Report abuse

My grass is now three feet tall. Clear skies welcome!

Posted by: WisdomVision | September 29, 2008 10:53 AM | Report abuse

looks like laura's landfall will be on the other side of the pond! :)

Posted by: weathergrrl | September 29, 2008 11:10 AM | Report abuse

The path of Laura has me curious. Does the UK often get hit with tropical storms/hurricanes?

Posted by: a.k. | September 29, 2008 11:49 AM | Report abuse

A.K.,

Remnants of tropical storms can occasionally make it to the UK, but have not caused any significant damage. More troublesome have been wintertime cyclonic wind storms, which have sometimes been called hurricanes by the folks who have been subjected to the hurricane force winds.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_windstorm

I remember walking to school the morning after a particularly strong storm in January 1968 and seeing the streets littered with roofing slates, torn from the roofs by the storms - we were cautioned to stick to the side of the tenement buildings as we walked so that any falling slates would miss us!

Posted by: MDScot | September 29, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

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