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Posted at 8:20 AM ET, 06/17/2009

Forecast: Summer Interrupted, But Not for Long

By Dan Stillman

Cloudy, cool & showery into tomorrow, then warmer

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Today: Periods of rain. 65-70. | Tonight: Showers. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Showers early. P.M. storm? 70s to near 80. | A Look Ahead


Wondering what happened to summer? Truth is we got so many calls here at CWG from folks tired of the typical partly sunny, warm, chance-of-t'storms forecast that we had no choice but to change things up. So, for a second straight day we bring you cloudy and cooler weather with no thunderstorms. Today, we've thrown in plain old rain for good measure. Your regularly scheduled summer weather attempts a comeback tomorrow, and should return in full force for Friday and Saturday.

Radar: Latest regional radar loop shows movement of precipitation over past two hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): Just a cool, dreary day that will feel more like April than June. Periods of rain could amount to .20"-.50" by evening, while overcast skies limit highs to near 65-70 (not much improvement from morning lows in the low-to-mid 60s). Moist breezes from the southeast should increase to near 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Light to sometimes moderate showers add another .25" or so with lows in the low-to-mid 60s under continued cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Thursday): Showers remain likely in the morning but should diminish in the afternoon as skies try to brighten a bit, though we could see a couple afternoon/evening thunderstorms. Despite mostly cloudy skies through much of the day, highs should get into the 70s to near 80 with breezes around 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Light winds from the northwest give us a less muggy night with partly cloudy skies and lows in the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High


Now this is a more familiar-sounding forecast: Partly sunny, warm and somewhat humid Friday with highs in the mid-to-upper 80s and a 30-40% chance you'll see an afternoon or evening thunderstorm where you happen to be. Confidence: Medium

Saturday looks partly sunny, hot and humid with highs near 90, and becoming breezy as a cold front closes in. There's the potential for some showers and thunderstorms at some point during the day, but timing is uncertain for now. Confidence: Medium

Sunday probably won't be a pool day, but nonetheless should be a refreshing contrast to Saturday's heat and humidity. Cooler and drier conditions are likely with some gusty breezes, partly sunny skies and highs somewhere in the upper 70s to mid-80s. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | June 17, 2009; 8:20 AM ET
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Hasn't been doing much here in north Arlington besides very sparse drizzle. It looks like a more moderate rainfall to the south... anybody here from the Lorton area? I have plans there tonite, and am curious as to how much rain you have been seeing.

Posted by: wecndo | June 17, 2009 11:12 AM | Report abuse

Any day in DC when you don't need the A/C is a good day, in my book! :-)

Posted by: Juan-John | June 17, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I hear you Juan-John.

Out on the Blue Ridge it's still below 60F outside. Hopefully I won't have to run the heat :-)

We had some heavier rain this morning, now it's just drizzling/foggy. 7/8" of rain in the bucket. 59.4F

Posted by: spgass1 | June 17, 2009 12:35 PM | Report abuse

I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed putting on a light sweater for my walk to work this morning. Trying to take advantage of the temps while I can...

Posted by: Ann-CapitalWeatherGang | June 17, 2009 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like tonight should clear up?

Posted by: zim94 | June 17, 2009 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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