Forecast: Not Bad for Much of Holiday Weekend
Warm & a bit humid through Memorial Day; Showers?
Today: Mostly sunny. Mid-80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny a.m. Partly sunny p.m., with isolated shower/storm? Mid-80s. | Sunday: Sun and clouds. 30-40% chance p.m. showers/storms. Low-to-mid 80s. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
As we head into the holiday weekend the pretty much perfect weather of the past few days will start to show some flaws. They'll be relatively minor -- in the form of higher humidity (but by no means oppressive) and low-range chances for showers and storms -- through Sunday. Monday may be more troublesome, though. All in all, highs near and above 80 should feel just right for the unofficial start of summer.
Today (Friday): Sunny and pretty darn delightful today with highs in the mid-80s and humidity a little higher, but still fairly low. Do you like this "broken record" of sunny days? Winds will be light out of the south/southwest. UV rays will be strong, likely in the "extreme" category around solar noon (1 p.m. EDT). Wear that sunscreen if you expect to be 15 or more minutes in the direct midday sun. Confidence: High
Tonight: Partly cloudy with somewhat mild low temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s. Overall, an uneventful evening. So head out with confidence that you can start your weekend without an umbrella! Confidence: High
Tomorrow (Saturday): We start out similar to Friday with mostly sunny skies and highs headed for the mid-80s again. But higher humidity -- edging toward the moderate range now -- could lead to increasing afternoon clouds and a chance of an isolated late-afternoon or early-evening shower or thunderstorm. Still, no reason to not move forward with any outoor plans you might have. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Some batches of clouds could move through, but the rain threat (already rather slim) should dissipate after that chance of an isolated evening shower or storm. Lows should be in the mid-60s and feelin' a little muggy. Confidence: Medium
Sunday: Partly sunny with a little better chance (about 30-40%) of isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will still feel warm -- highs in the low-to-mid 80s -- along with some mugginess. Confidence: Medium
Sunday Night: Evening shower/storm chances continue at around 30%. Overnight, lows should bottom in the 60s. Confidence: Medium
The forecast for Memorial Day is still a bit up in the air. But as of now it may give us more trouble than Saturday and Sunday, with a fair amount of clouds and a 50/50 chance of an occasional shower or thunderstorm. Depending on how cloudy and showery we are, highs could be anywhere from the mid-70s to low 80s. Confidence: Low
The early outlook for Tuesday? ... much the same as Monday. So go ahead and re-read the paragraph above, but subtract a few degrees. Confidence: Low
Heading to the Delaware and Maryland beaches for the weekend? Looks good today and tomorrow with mostly sunny skies and highs mainly in the mid-70s. Sunday we're partly sunny with a late-day shower/t-storm chance (about 25%) and highs again around the mid-70s. Monday's forecast is not yet set in stone, but for now looks partly to maybe mostly cloudy with highs only near 70 and a chance of isolated to scattered showers.
Conditions look similar up at Cape May, N.J., but with highs in the low 70s through Memorial Day. Virginia Beach might escape the holiday weekend rain-free with mostly sunny skies throughout and highs near 80. And the Outer Banks may stay mostly sunny as well, though cooler with highs in the low-to-mid 70s through the long weekend. -Dan Stillman
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