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Posted at 9:15 AM ET, 07/24/2009

Forecast: More Storms Today? Hot Tomorrow

By Camden Walker

Decent daily storm chances except for Saturday

* Nats-Padres Forecast | Debunking Humidity Misconceptions *


Today: Partly sunny. Chance of p.m. storms. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Tonight: Clearing skies. Mid-to-upper 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Low 90s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Storms again? Upper 80s to near 90. | A Look Ahead


Yesterday's storms didn't produce any severe winds or large hail. But they left their mark nonetheless with heavy and much-needed rain -- well over an inch in some spots -- along with flooded downtown streets, an injured golfer and a house fire. Conditions could support a few more storms this afternoon. What about Saturday? Most likely rain-free but rather hot, before we revert back to shower and storm chances Sunday into early next week.

Radar: Latest D.C. area 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 (Friday): Skies should be partly sunny as we go through the day. Highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 80s will feel kind of sticky with a good deal of humidity, though not quite as bad as yesterday. There's a 40% chance of showers and storms this afternoon into early evening -- probably fewer storms than yesterday, but some could be severe with strong winds in addition to heavy downpours and lightning. Confidence: Medium

Probability: 40%
Coverage: Isolated-Scattered

Tonight: Any showers and storms should diminish during the early evening -- about a 30% chance that your patio dinner or early-evening jaunt into town is interrupted. Overnight, clearing skies and lows in the mid-to-upper 60s for most of the region. Confidence: Medium-High

More storms this weekend? Keep reading...

Radar-estimated rain totals for Wednesday morning through around midnight last night. Greens indicate 1-2" and yellows over 2". Courtesy National Weather Service.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Mostly sunny skies and highs likely in the low 90s will remind us how hot summer can be. Light winds from the south and southwest keep that moderately humid air in place. First it was the rain that doused you. Now it'll be your own sweat! Speaking of, make sure your sunscreen is water and sweat resistant. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We'll see partly cloudy skies. Light winds from the south/southwest will feel somewhat balmy as lows only get down to the low 70s to near 70 in most spots. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: The weather gets back to its old habits. Partly sunny and humid for most of the day with highs in the upper 80s to near 90. Then a chance (around 40%) of showers and storms in the afternoon into Sunday night. Confidence: Low-Medium


On Monday and Tuesday, we'll order the usual -- humid with highs in the mid-80s to near 90 and a chance of showers and storms. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | July 24, 2009; 9:15 AM ET
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Are we used to summer? I remember past summers having this level of storms and humidity.. yet, I still can't stand that everything is sopping wet and dripping! haha

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 24, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

I received .75" in rain yesterday in S. Arlington.

Posted by: jojo2008 | July 24, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

We had about 5 minutes of pretty solid marble-sized hail in Mt Vernon/S. Alexandria last night, around 10:00 pm. Impressive storm!

Posted by: KEBV | July 24, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

My electronic rain gauge reported 1.42 inches of rain yesterday. That, I believe, is the first liquid precipitation we've had so far in McLean.

Posted by: KBurchfiel | July 24, 2009 11:00 AM | Report abuse

While my golf survived yesterday, talk about a solid evening of strong but not overly severe storms.

However, I did realize how dark my house really gets when the power goes out. Scurrrryyyy

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | July 24, 2009 12:05 PM | Report abuse

NWS is saying 1.48 inch for Dulles Airport last night. Yes!

DCA: 0.56 in
BWI: 0.43 in

Posted by: LoudounGeek | July 24, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

wow, can't believe DCA didn't record more! it really POURED in NW last night.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 24, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Hope we can get back the DRY air soon!

I get tired of these lengthy humid spells, and we could be in this soup well into September now that it has started up again. Some TV mets are talking about 90-degree weather for the next WEEK...I'd prefer a Northwoods Wisconsin-style summer.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 24, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

I call b.s on this map. I am in the "big bend" area of NW Montgomery County and I had 2.47 inches. The map shows less than 2 inches for my entire area. I can't believe that my house is the only place that had over 2 inches.

Posted by: MKadyman | July 24, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

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