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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/28/2008

Forecast: Rain Chances Linger

By Brian Jackson

Drier then cooler weather on the horizon

By Brian Jackson

Spotty wet weather continues for one more day. Today will be quite similar to yesterday, cloudy and muggy, with a few showers around and about. A return to nice weather will be brief tomorrow as we see a chance for thunder on Tuesday. Then much cooler and fall-like weather arrives mid-week.


Still a chance for rain, humid. 79-82. Expect another cloudy and humid day today with a good (50%) chance for more scattered, intermittent showers as we get sandwiched in between the departing upper low and a cold front moving down from the northwest. Afternoon highs will rise to near 80 with some spots to the south a bit warmer from some breaks in the cloud cover. Winds will be light and variable and the still air will add to the mugginess.

We begin to transition towards drier air Sunday evening/night. We'll gradually see some breaks in the clouds and the humidity will noticeably decrease. Lows will bottom out in the low 60s and winds will be out of the north at 5-10 mph.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through mid-week


Partly to mostly sunny, 78-81. We'll see a brief return to the pleasant weather that we enjoyed so much before this latest storm. A ridge of high pressure should sweep over the area bringing us a genuinely pleasant start to the workweek. Some afternoon clouds may develop but we'll stay dry and highs will be around a very comfortable 80 degrees. Winds will be from the north at 5-10 mph.

Monday night will bring a chance to open the windows again overnight. Skies will be mostly clear and our overnight lows will be range from the upper 50s to lower 60s (suburbs to city).

Confidence: High


Tuesday brings a chance for more unsettled weather as a weak area of low pressure to our north drags another cold front across the metro area. We'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies along with a 40% chance for some afternoon thunderstorms. Highs will once again top out around 80 degrees.Confidence: Medium

We turn much cooler Wednesday behind the cold front. Temperatures will struggle to reach 70 under a mix of clouds and sun. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | September 28, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Of course the weather turns beautiful when we all have to go back to work! *sigh*

Posted by: Kathleen | September 28, 2008 9:01 AM | Report abuse

I agree, Kathleen. Four straight days of gloom and rain is enough, especially over a weekend!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | September 28, 2008 9:03 AM | Report abuse

"Click here to see radar bigger. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall."

Radar bigger? Come on guys. "Click here to see a larger radar image. Or see larger radar images on our Weather Wall."

Posted by: wiredog | September 28, 2008 10:29 AM | Report abuse

wiredog: LMAO - I noticed that but didn't want to say anything.

Weatherbug says we got .01" of rain today. Apparently we're the losers of the area, rainwise. Ugh.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | September 28, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Direction of showers has reversed. They are now moving NW to SE, not retrograding. Not much thunder near Baileys Crossroads, but some rather interesting Cu congestus cloud formations.

Posted by: El Bombo | September 28, 2008 2:50 PM | Report abuse

My weather station recorded 0.50 inches of rain between 6:15 and 6:45 with a peak rain rate of 7.02 inches/hr between 6:15 and 6:30 in the Fair Oaks area of Fairfax County. That's the highest rain rate I've ever recorded! I wasn't even home at the time. Did anyone else experience a huge downpour?

Posted by: CM | September 28, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

CM: Yes, we had one at around 5:30 or so. Torrential rain, but only lasted 5 mins.

Posted by: Sterling | September 28, 2008 10:43 PM | Report abuse

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