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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 05/ 4/2009

PM Update: Heavier Rain Breaks For Now

By Ian Livingston

Cool through Tuesday with some occasional showers

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Clouds, rain and a northeasterly wind have helped keep the area much cooler than normal today as highs generally rise (or really, remain steady) to the mid-50s. Much of the area has seen 1-1.5", or more, of rain over the last two days, so some might be wondering when we get a break. Though the intensity should diminish for a while, don't put the umbrella away just yet.

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Tonight: Conditions remain raw overnight, but rain won't be as frequent as recently. Instead, look for spotty showers and periods of drizzle or fog as moisture levels remain high. Lows should hit the upper 40s in the suburbs to low 50s in D.C.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): We'll try to warm up a bit on Tuesday. Most of the day should just be cloudy, with maybe some passing showers, while more significant precipitation stays south and east. But by late afternoon or evening more rain may arrive. Rain could be occasionally heavy heading into the overnight. Before rain arrives, highs should rise to the mid-60s.

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May Rain Totals: May, the wettest month of the year on average at National Airport, is off to a soggy start. Through 3 p.m. on Monday, rainfall totals since May began are 1.47" at DCA, 1.81" at IAD and 1.68" at BWI. At National, at least a trace of rain has been reported every day going back to last Wednesday. It looks like we could end up with a solid week of a trace or more there!

By Ian Livingston  | May 4, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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Comments

May beats Sept. only on a technicality (31 vs. 30 days):

May  3.82" 
Sept 3.79" 

Posted by: CapitalClimate | May 4, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Mother Nature:

Keep that rain a-comin!

The two previous dry years(07-08) leaves me with a 10.64" deficit to balance in 09.

A 51.64 inch total for 2009 (10 inches above normal) would get the job done!!

Posted by: AugustaJim | May 4, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree. Keep that overcast coming, at least, if not the rain. This time of year, sun in the D.C. area, with the increasing sun angle and dew point from a southerly flow, starts to be a pain in the a**. And, in some cases, it can generate instability and severe storms. No thanks.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 5, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

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