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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/31/2009

Forecast: Showers Clear, Then Fair Weather's Here!

By Brian Jackson


Today: Early showers, then clearing. 78-82. | Tonight: Clear and cool. 50-53. | Tomorrow: Dry and bright, 77-81. | A Look Ahead


We'll squeeze every last drop of rain we can out of this month as a last bastion of showers should push through early today before we set up for a quick stretch of warm and dry weather. A warming sun this afternoon will stay with us through Tuesday and help to dry out our soggy soils. Moisture will return Tuesday, however, in the form of humidity, foreboding the return of rain in the forecast for the latter half of the week.

Today (Sunday): May may (fun with English!) not be done quite yet with its rainfall totals. A lingering shower or two is possible this morning as a weak disturbance makes its way through. Cooler and drier air in its wake should clear our skies though, and this afternoon is shaping up to be quite pleasant. Our temperatures will near 80 degrees for our afternoon high and winds will be shifting from west to out of the north at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies will continue to clear and many a star should be visible by nightfall. Temperatures will really drop out once the sun goes down and overnight lows will be in the low-to-mid 50s. A few outliers may even touch the 40s again. Light winds out of the north will wind down to near calm overnight. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast into the mid-week...

Tomorrow (Monday): June looks to start off with high pressure building in overhead which means plenty of sunny sky will be available for your enjoyment. Dewpoints will be bottoming out as well meaning a warm and finally DRY day is in store. Afternoon highs will straddle 80 degrees and winds will be shifting from out of the north in the morning to out of the south by the afternoon at less than 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Clear skies begin the evening but our southerly flow brings with it some more humidity and some thin clouds should be moving in by morning. This will also make for warmer conditions overnight with lows only dipping to the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High


A big influx of heat, and some modest humidity, arrives on Tuesday ahead of an approaching cold front. Skies will be mostly sunny in the early day but by late afternoon, pop-up clouds will begin to develop as we warm into the upper-80s to near 90. A stray shower is also possible (<30%) in the evening/overnight as the front edges closer. Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday begins another stretch of unsettled weather as yet again a cold front stalls overhead. Temperatures will remain mild, in the upper 70s, but chances for developing showers and thunderstorms rise to near 50% with most of the activity likely in the afternoon or evening. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | May 31, 2009; 5:00 AM ET
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showers ha ha the jokes on us

Posted by: deveinmadisonva | May 31, 2009 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Isn't May may the name of a panda? If not, it should be.

Posted by: --sg | May 31, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

DCA picked up another 0.23" of rain this morning. 8.05" for the month, 4th wettest on record.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | May 31, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Today should also have a nice day icon. My bad.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 31, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

4th wettest since 1930, but only 6th for Washington overall. Dulles tied its shorter May record.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | May 31, 2009 12:52 PM | Report abuse

Going by the dewpoint map, the drier air hasn't quite reached Cincinnati yet! Wasn't it supposed to get here this morning?

Posted by: HenryFPotter | May 31, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

West Springfield storm total= 0.37" of rain. That makes this week 1.42" from
last Sunday midnight.

Posted by: bikerjohn | May 31, 2009 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Phenology: First firefly this evening!!!

Tomorrow night seems to be my only dry dance night, then we have another week or so of one of these stalled out ITCZ-style stationary boundaries over central Virginia. It's just about June now...and time for the Bermuda High to move in and banish this crud!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 31, 2009 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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