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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/20/2009

Forecast: Superb Stretch of Spring Sun

By Dan Stillman

Memorial Day weekend forecast still taking shape

* NatCast | UnitedCast | DHS Rebuffed on Hurricane Modification *


Today: Bright sun & blue skies. 75-80. | Tonight: Clear & cool. Upper 40s to mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Low 80s. | A Look Ahead


Did you hear that Disney plans to build a resort in the D.C. area? They may want to start shooting their promotional footage immediately, because this kind of weather -- dazzling sun, low humidity, and 70s and 80s for highs -- usually doesn't last long. The sweaty and sometimes stormy days of summer will be here soon enough. But will our resort-quality weather at least last through the holiday weekend?

Today (Wednesday): Today's weather?... take yesterday's blue skies, bright sun and low humidity, and add about 5 to 10 degrees. After another cool morning, but not quite as cold as yesterday morning, temperatures will climb steadily to afternoon highs around 75-80. Confidence: High

Tonight: Thanks to continued clear skies and light winds, temperatures fall off fast after the sun goes down. We're getting progressively warmer each night, but still we're talking lows in the upper 40s for some of the cooler suburbs, low-to-mid 50s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Memorial Day weekend....

Tomorrow (Thursday): This is actually a tough paragraph to write because I need to come up with enough words to fill the height of the Nice Day graphic to the right, but there's really nothing different to say about tomorrow's weather compared to today, except that highs will be a few degrees warmer -- into the low 80s. Hey look! I made it! Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Fortunately this paragraph doesn't require a graphic, so I'm free to be brief: Clear and not as cool with highs in the mid-50s (cooler burbs) to near 60 (downtown). Confidence: High


The good times continue Friday with sunny skies, highs in the mid-80s and just a touch of humidity. Mostly clear Friday night with lows in the upper 50s (burbs) to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

The holiday weekend forecast is still somewhat uncertain. But as of now Saturday, Sunday and Monday all look to be partly sunny with highs in the upper 70s to low 80s and a chance (too early for me to put a percentage on it) of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon and evening. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Dan Stillman  | May 20, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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36 degrees at 6 am.

Posted by: AugustaJim | May 20, 2009 6:24 AM | Report abuse

Um, UnitedCast?

Posted by: JkR- | May 20, 2009 9:42 AM | Report abuse

It was indeed another crisp-feeling morning... only 50s downtown; wow 30s in rural VA is impressive! Also wear that sunscreen today and probably for the next two months, please!! Another high 9-11 UV index day today is forecast :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 20, 2009 10:55 AM | Report abuse

UnitedCast now posted (sorry! ... the special game didn't make it into our original schedule). See link at top of this post, or just scroll the main CWG page.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Very nice weather, with only the faintest hint of high patch of possibly contrail-generated cirrocumulus and a couple contrails. Unfortunately it comes at a time of no evening dances and by the time my dance schedule resumes, the thunderstorms are back!

Needed...some REAL weather control...namely a sort of silver iodide "Epipen" that I can use to sweep the thunderstorms away from my route to the dance and send them over Augusta Jim's cornfields where the rain is needed. The problem with local cloud seeding is that one farmer gets the rain while his next door neighbor stays dry...which in our litigious society is a recipe for disaster [not to mention a source of added income for enterprising greedy trial attorneys!].

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 20, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Two-recess day today in Kindergarten...

Posted by: dinergirl | May 20, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

I'm going backpacking with my great grandma Gertie this weekend based on your good forecast. She uses a cane, but I assured her that she won't have to worry about it raining all day, thanks to you guys.

You better be right!

Posted by: SnowMonsterDC | May 21, 2009 12:10 AM | Report abuse

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