Forecast: Heat Hangs on Through Tomorrow
Cooler and somewhat unsettled starting Wednesday
* Severe Weather Site for Kids | Later: Heat = Weather Whiplash *
Today: Sunny and hot. 89-93. | Tonight: Clear and mild. Upper 50s to low 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and still hot. Upper 80s to near 90. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
It was just on Friday that the morning low at Dulles Airport dipped to a crisp 36 degrees. Fast forward to today and we're looking at a third straight day of highs near and above 90, with a near repeat performance on tap for tomorrow. Wednesday through Friday, temperatures step back to more typical levels for this time of year, and the chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms enters the picture as well.
Today (Monday): The difference between today and this past weekend?... only that most of you will be stuck inside at work or school as temperatures rise once again to highs in the low 90s in most spots. Skies stay sunny and an afternoon breeze picks up from the south around 10-15 mph. It'll be a busy day for those office A/C units. Confidence: High
Tonight: Just a great evening to spend some time outside as temperatures drop through the 80s and into the 70s. We'll keep mostly clear skies through the night with morning lows in upper 50s (suburbs) to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: High
The forecast continues after the poll...
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Tuesday): Our heat streak reaches day 4 with mostly sunny skies and highs in upper 80s to near 90. Take some time to soak up the sun and feel the warmth -- this will be the last of our mid-summer-like heat for a while. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: An approaching cold front brings a 25% chance of a shower. Under partly cloudy skies, it's another mild night with lows in the upper 50s (suburbs) to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High
The heat wave comes to an end Wednesday and Thursday, when highs will probably top out in the upper 60s to mid-70s under partly cloudy skies. Scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible (40-50% chance) through the period, thanks to a cold front that will stall out upon reaching the area. Wednesday and Thursday night lows should settle in the 50s. Confidence: Medium
A more powerful cold front could bring a period of more widespread showers and stronger thunderstorms on Friday, as well as breezy winds from the south. Highs should be somewhere in the 70s to near 80. Confidence: Low-Medium
The weekend forecast is uncertain at this point. If Friday's cold front is slow to move out, then we could see come clouds and shower chances lingering into early Saturday. Otherwise, one scenario leaves us partly to mostly sunny for most of the rest of the weekend, while another scenario brings the next shower-maker in as soon as Sunday. Best guess on high temperatures is in the 70s. Confidence: Low
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