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Posted at 10:15 AM ET, 06/22/2009

Forecast: Three Sweet Days to Kick Off Summer

By Jason Samenow

Stickiness and storms return towards the weekend...

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Today: Partly sunny. Low 80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 60-65. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Low 80s. | A Look Ahead


Very pleasant weather joins us for the first several days of summer (summer officially began at 1:45 a.m. EDT yesterday). Today, tomorrow and Wednesday temperatures will be at or below average (which is in the mid-80s for highs) with manageable humidity levels. Yes, we could see a sprinkle or isolated shower at some point. But, by and large, we're talking about dry weather with a pleasing breeze from the north. Later this week and into next weekend, we return to the all-too familiar humid pattern with daily thunderstorm chances.

Clouds: Latest mid-Atlantic infrared satellite loop, courtesy Unisys. Click here to expand. Refresh page to update. See more maps on our Weather Wall

Today (Monday): We'll have a mix of clouds and sun today, though clouds may become more prevalent during the afternoon. It will still be a pretty nice day with high temperatures right around 80 and a breeze from the north at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and pleasant. Lows will reach around 60 in the cooler suburbs with mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Tuesday): A partly sunny day not much different than today is in the works. We'll remain locked between a stalled area of low pressure off the coast, which will provide cloud cover, and high pressure building in from the northwest, which will attempt to suppress any showers. Highs should reach the low 80s, with a breeze continuing from the north around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures should fall to the mid-to-upper 60s downtown with low 60s in the suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High


We should enjoy one more pleasant day on Wednesday before the humidity begins to build. As the low off the coast finally moves away, high pressure will take over. So we should have more sunshine than the previous days, boosting temperatures back up to the mid-80s (right around average). Overnight, it will be mostly clear, with lows 65-70 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday and Friday, the humidity returns along with late afternoon and early evening shower and thunderstorm chances (30-40%). Highs both days should reach 85-90. Overnight lows should be in the mid-60s to around 70. Confidence: Medium

At the moment, both weekend days look warm and humid, with the chance (30-40%) of afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Highs should be near 90, with lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | June 22, 2009; 10:15 AM ET
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Beautiful morning weather. No "Nice Day" stamp today?

Posted by: mmurphy70 | June 22, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Could it be? A potentially "dry" week?

I can only hope. We really need an extended stretch of dry weather.

Spoke to my father yesterday. He lives out in the Shenandoah Valley. Says that the farmers are starting notice signs of their crops rotting due to the excess rain. He also says that some of the trees are starting to show distress with their leaves turing yellow around the edges. All due to too much rain.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | June 22, 2009 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I think we may be (finally) seeing signs that the continual hangup of fronts in the area is coming to an end. It would be pretty rare to stay in this pattern through July and August. Of course that means we might be about to get hot.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 11:14 AM | Report abuse


"Nice day" stamp requires 50% sunshine. Today was a close call but went against it expecting clouds to have the edge this afternoon. Even so, agree with you that it's still a pretty nice day!

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We do need a pretty good dry spell. Not all the tree death in this area seems due to drought. Some of it could be the result of waterlogged roots.

St. Louis and Chicago are expecting a major heat wave later this week. Miami has been having record temperatures in the high 90's. Due to the peninsular nature of Florida extreme heat is rare, though the humidity raises heat indexes there.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 22, 2009 11:43 AM | Report abuse

I've been in FL since Friday Bombo, it's very hot! Near 100 the last few days.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 22, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Heat records were widespread over Florida and other parts of the Southeast over the weekend:

Record Heat in Southeast, June 20-21
More Heat Records in Southeast

Posted by: CapitalClimate | June 22, 2009 1:50 PM | Report abuse

Folks - I like the lower humidity. I just want fall to arrive. I was glad that yesterday was the longest day of the year because now we lose daylight each day. So can you tell me why we don't reach our hottest seasonal levels for awhile?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | June 22, 2009 2:08 PM | Report abuse

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