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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/15/2008

Forecast: Consistent Comfort Coming

By Jason Samenow

A cool front glides through the region very early this morning, stirring up the winds and slowly, but surely, drying out our recently sultry air. By tomorrow, high pressure builds into the region initiating a stretch of mild, rain-free days that may last through the weekend.


Quite breezy, and warm. 84-88. Behind this morning's cold front passage, winds from the northwest will be a little gusty as you head out (15-20 mph). These winds will slowly decrease throughout the day. The cooler and less humid air behind the front will be countered by this afternoon's strong sunshine, so afternoon highs should still reach well into the 80s.

This evening, the cooler and drier air will become more noticeable. Lows drop to near 60 in the city and in the mid 50s in the suburbs. Clear skies early may give way to some increase in cloudiness late.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. See NatCast for tonight's game.


Mostly cloudy and cooler. Mid 70s. High pressure will build into the region from the northwest, but disturbances rippling along a cold front stalled to the south may provide a good deal of cloud cover. Both the cooler airmass overhead and the clouds may hold high temperatures in the mid 70s.

Skies remain partly cloudy overnight, with lows from near 60 downtown to the mid 50s in the suburbs.


High pressure essentially parks itself over the Northeast Wednesday through Sunday giving us a remarkably consistent forecast. The entire period should offer partly to mostly sunny skies and seasonably pleasant temperatures. Afternoon highs each day will probably reach the upper 70s to near 80. Overnight lows should generally be in the low 50s in the suburbs to the upper 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | September 15, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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I'm hoping that August in September will be over today (thanks ~sg). The breeze is nice this morning coming through our windows.

Posted by: Murre | September 15, 2008 6:19 AM | Report abuse

Those are two things I like to hear: "gusty winds" and "less humid air."

Hopefully this will be the last of the warm weather for a while. My severe allergies are getting annoying - I wish that the mold spores, ragweed, grass or trees or whatever the heck is triggering them would just die already. Then I'll just have to deal with winter allergies (what causes those? everything is usually dead in winter) and my yearly 2 month long cold. Ugh.

And here's something we haven't seen in many a week...NOTHING serious in the tropical Atlantic. NOTHING! Amazing! Maybe we'll actually get a reprieve from the politically charged arguments from the Google folk for a while. Heh.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | September 15, 2008 6:24 AM | Report abuse

weatherdudeVA, i guess it's good that there's no serious activity in the Atlantic, but we're only two storms away from hurricane Laura. We are SO CLOSE.

My prediction for hurricane Laura is that it will be an angry Cat 5 until just before it makes landfall when it suddenly drops to tropical storm status. Or it might remain a tropical storm until just before it makes landfall when it suddenly spirals up to cat 5. You never can tell.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | September 15, 2008 9:40 AM | Report abuse

*pokes head out of hole*

*looks around*

Is it safe for the regulars again?


Posted by: David | September 15, 2008 10:43 AM | Report abuse

Was the low of 80F at Reagan a record high minimum for september 14? 80F is unusually warm even for mid-July, much less mid-Sept, is it not?

Posted by: Peter | September 15, 2008 12:23 PM | Report abuse

Peter -- The morning low on Sep. 14 (yesterday) was actually 75. That tied the record high minimum of 75 last set in 1961.

It was this morning's low (Sep. 15) that was actually 80 degrees. That would beat the previous record low minimum for Sep. 15 (again, 75 degrees) last set in 2005. Except that it looks likely we'll dip down to the lower 70s before midnight tonight. So probably no new record today.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | September 15, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

@David. Har. You took the words right out of my keyboard. I've had to avert my eyes from what was going on in the comments recently. I guess we're safe until the next time we top Google's greatest hits chart, to paraphrase weatherdudeVA.

It's a gorgeous day in Harpers Ferry. Fresh breeze, tolerable temp., blue sky, lovely clouds I don't know the names of. (Yes, this is a girlie-type post.)

Posted by: tinkerbelle | September 15, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Laura in NWDC: Yeah, only two storms away from TS or Hurr Laura. Flaunt it why don't ya? They retired my name in 2005. Darn me!!! Hehehe.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | September 15, 2008 2:49 PM | Report abuse

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