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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 07/ 2/2009

PM Update: A Few Showers Through Sunset

By Ian Livingston

Quite pleasant on Friday; What about the 4th?

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Little more than a spotty shower (and maybe a rumble of thunder) will dot the landscape through evening. Most locations will stay dry and just see some increased clouds. With highs near 80 in many spots, it may be possible to think it is still June, instead of roughly 48 hours from Fourth of July fireworks. Of course, a weekend starting at least one day early for many will make it easier to remember where we are on the calendar.

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.

Through Tonight: After the slight risk (20% at any given location) of a passing afternoon or evening shower or thundershower, skies will trend partly cloudy overnight. Evening temperatures falling through the 70s will head for readings between 60 and 65 most spots -- maybe a few cool upper 50s possible in some suburbs.

Tomorrow (Friday): If you've got a three-day weekend starting tomorrow, you will probably be rather delighted with conditions outdoors. Outside the very small chance of an afternoon shower or storm, partly to mostly sunny skies and highs ranging from near 80 into the low 80s will feel quite sweet.

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Fourth of July: It looks like we're headed toward a fairly typical Fourth of July this year. Investigating the last decade of July 4s, the warmest high temperature at National Airport was 99 in both 2002 and 1999 while the lowest high temperature was 81 in 2004. Four of the last five years have had at least some rainfall with over 2" falling on the 'cool' day in 2004. The average high? 88. Just one degree off the warmest daytime average we see all year and pretty close to our current Saturday forecast.

By Ian Livingston  | July 2, 2009; 3:15 PM ET
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We had a brief shower this evening here on the Blue Ridge. It was just enough of an excuse to start happy hour instead of starting to mow the lawn...

Current temp: 64.8F

In other news, the local black bear just passed through the backyard.

Posted by: spgass1 | July 2, 2009 7:17 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: CapitalClimate | July 2, 2009 9:50 PM | Report abuse

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