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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 08/14/2009

Forecast: Summer Weather in Cruise Control

By Dan Stillman

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Slight p.m. storm chance. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly clear. Mid-60s to near 70. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Slight p.m. storm chance. Near 90. | Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Slight p.m. storm chance. Near 90. A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

The heat and humidity may not be oppressive, but it still feels very much like the Dog Days of August around here: The Redskins are back on the field; Congress is out on recess; out-of-office replies abound; and summer weather is in cruise control with warm temperatures, moderate humidity and only isolated storm chances through the weekend.

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Today (Friday): We're warm and moderately humid today. Partly sunny skies should help highs rise into the mid-to-upper 80s, with only a slight chance you'll run into an afternoon thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Can't totally rule out an isolated early-evening thunderstorm. But most areas should see a worry-free evening with temperatures dropping into the 70s after sunset. Overnight lows in the mid-60s (suburbs) to near 70 (downtown) under partly to, at times, mostly clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week....

Tomorrow (Saturday): Highs near 90 may sound less menacing than the mid-90s we saw during our recent heat wave. But with partly to mostly sunny skies and moderate humidity, it'll feel plenty hot, especially if you're outdoors for an extended period of time. Just a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Following the colon, I will literally copy and paste the forecast from Friday night, because Saturday night looks just that similar: Can't totally rule out an isolated early-evening thunderstorm. But most areas should see a worry-free evening with temperatures dropping into the 70s after sunset. Overnight lows in the mid-60s (suburbs) to near 70 (downtown) under partly to, at times, mostly clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Following the colon (note, this is not an accidental duplication of the previous paragraph), I will literally copy and paste the forecast from Saturday, because Sunday looks just that similar: Highs near 90 may sound less menacing than the mid-90s we saw during our recent heat wave. But with partly to mostly sunny skies and moderate humidity, it'll feel plenty hot, especially if you're outdoors for an extended period of time. Just a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

The pattern stays much the same for Monday and Tuesday, maybe slightly warmer. Highs look to reach near 90 or into the low 90s with a fair amount of sun, moderate to high humidity, and storm chances slim. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | August 14, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Comments

So... how many more 90-degree days does everyone think we can muster before the end of summer? We're at 14 now and the average for June through August is about 31. Here's what some of you said back in June.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | August 14, 2009 8:52 AM | Report abuse

I think the final count will be in the teens, no more than twenty-- So I hope you all at CWG are not rooting for another fifteen 90-degree days within next 35-something days before the season of summer is declared to be over on September 22??? That would be just downright mean.

Posted by: SanDieganLostinDC | August 14, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

No more than 25 90-degree days and probably fewer all summer. Met summer ends two weeks from Tuesday. We risk 90 or above through Oct. 11 or so.

More rain in northern Wisconsin...parts of Pepin County had 6.5 inches last night. There has been a drought in that area.

Tropical Atlantic still rather active...T.D. two is still the most active feature, with several waves along the ITCZ.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | August 14, 2009 1:54 PM | Report abuse

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