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Posted at 8:40 AM ET, 07/ 9/2009

Forecast: Continued Pleasant Today & Tomorrow

By Josh Larson

A warmer, more humid weekend; still not bad

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Today: Mostly sunny; a little more humid. Low 80s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy & comfortable. 60-65. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Low 80s. | A Look Ahead


July so far has averaged 5 degrees below normal, and similar temperatures, along with ample sunshine, will continue today and tomorrow. Humidity will be higher both days than yesterday's nearly fall-like dew points in the upper 40s, but it will be far from uncomfortable, especially for this time of year. The weekend will feature warmer temperatures and chances for typical mid-summer afternoon & evening thunderstorms -- but, again, nothing too uncalled for, as temperatures & humidity levels increase to just "normal" levels.

Today (Thursday): As high pressure begins to move offshore today, winds become more easterly, and we'll see more humid conditions than yesterday's near-total lack of humidity, but we still hold onto mostly sunny skies and below-normal highs in the low 80s. A rogue thundershower (less than 20% chance) could pop up during the late afternoon or evening, but primarily south and west of town. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Plan on partly to mostly cloudy skies with the lingering chance of a wildly stray thundershower during the evening hours. Pleasant lows will drop to the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): The last day of the work week will feature continued partly to mostly sunny skies and modest humidity levels. Highs once again will only make it into the low or possibly mid-80s. Chances of an isolated afternoon or evening thunderstorm are again less than 20%. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy conditions prevail on Friday night with little to no chance for precipitation and overnight lows eventually settling in the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High


It'll be warmer on Saturday ahead of an approaching cold front. I think we're in for at least partly sunny skies, with afternoon highs ranging from 85-90 and moderate humidity levels. We've got a 50/50 shot at scattered thunderstorms, and an isolated storm or two may linger into the evening hours Saturday. Overnight lows will range from the upper 60s to the low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Sunday, the cold front will likely have pressed south of the area, but it will be close enough to warrant the continued chance for scattered storms. We may, too, see more in the way of clouds than sun, and slightly cooler highs than Saturday generally in the mid-80s. Partly cloudy Sunday night, with lows in the upper 60s for most spots. Confidence: Medium

Similar conditions will persist as we head back to work on Monday, with a blend of clouds and sun (though perhaps, still, more of the former), and scattered showers and thunderstorms, especially south of town. Highs stay in the mid-80s, with overnight lows near 70. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Josh Larson  | July 9, 2009; 8:40 AM ET
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I want to go to the beach on Saturday. Will it be sunny aside from the chance of t-storms?

Posted by: mmurphy70 | July 9, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

I haven't used the air conditioning for at least ten days now. I open all the windows at night and let the house cool down. When I get up in the morning I can her my neighbors's a/c units roaring away, giving Dominion Power a happy morning. I pull the shades on the west side of my house and leave for work. What a great July!

Posted by: greyparrot1 | July 9, 2009 10:40 AM | Report abuse


Beaches look pretty good for Saturday. Mostly sunny for much of the day, a little humid but not horrible, and highs near 80 or into the low 80s. Could cloud over late in the afternoon, but probably no storm threat until evening. Low 80s on Sunday with more in the way of clouds and a better chance (around 30%) of some afternoon showers and storms.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | July 9, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Dog day cicadas have been singing since July 1.

I've been running the A/C but at 80+ in the day, 70 at night and on energy-saving mode. It's running a lot less than last summer.

What has happened to Howard Bernstein??? Ever since July 2, Kim Martucci has been pulling both Howard's and her shift on WUSA9, except that Tony Pann drew a couple of shifts over the holiday. Howard has been a no-show, or so it seems, since the holiday. Is he on an extended vacation or is Channel 9 cutting back on its weather crew less than a month after Howard and Kim switched shifts? Seems DCRTV has been unable to enlighten me on this item thus far...

Also, folks will be interested in knowing that the Weather Channel plans to be giving us more Al Roker in the morning starting July 20...they are even refurbishing their set either to accomodate Al or provide him with new digs...wonder if Al will continue his Today Show work when he goes full time on TWC...

Oh yes, there's another MCS sitting over Iowa...wonder if that holds up on its eastward trip...

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 9, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

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