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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 09/10/2009

Forecast: Clouds, Showers Slowly to Depart Area

By Josh Larson

But no truly sunny & warm weather 'til the weekend

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Today: Mostly cloudy & breezy; periodic showers. Low 70s. | Tonight: Cloudy & showery. 56-61. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy; scattered showers. Low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


While -- for the most part -- we'll remain socked in clouds and breezy conditions with periods of showers for the next two days, the threat for heavy rain or flooding appears to be diminishing. As previously advertised, locations north and east of D.C. have the best chance at the steadiest, heaviest precipitation. Luckily, high pressure still appears poised to clear things up nicely for the weekend (especially Sunday) and bring our temperatures back to more typical September levels.

Radar: Latest regional 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 (Thursday): Mostly cloudy conditions will prevail once again today, though some sunshine is possible in the morning. Periodic showers, and perhaps a heavier downpour, will be mainly focused around the second half of the day and areas to the east of D.C. You may notice a rather brisk northeasterly wind of 10-15 mph at times. Highs may reach the low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Overcast skies and the potential for more widespread/heavier showers than earlier in the day will be on tap for the evening and overnight hours. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, once again, spots to the north and east of the immediate metro area stand the best chance of heavier rain. Rather breezy north to northeasterly winds will likely remain with us overnight. Lows will settle into the upper 50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the slowly but surely improving conditions...

Tomorrow (Friday): Plan on one more day of cloudy and, at times, showery conditions on Friday, with temperatures still remaining on the cool side for this time of year: once again, highs not much above 70 seem likely. You may still notice a breeze from time to time, this time out of the northwest from 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Showers could well linger into the evening hours, so make sure you've got an umbrella with you if you're heading out during Friday night. Overnight lows will drop into the low 60s. Confidence: Medium


While partly to mostly cloudy conditions may spill over into the day Saturday, high pressure pushing in from the west should inhibit all but the most hardy (and spotty) showers from developing. In other words: I'd plan on a (mostly) dry day. Likely warmer, too, with highs within a couple degrees of 80. Confidence: Medium

It's with great pleasure, fair-weather friends, that I can all but guarantee a sunny and rain-free day on Sunday, as high pressure should be firmly established over the area by this point. Soggy grass will dry and your mood may improve. Afternoon highs should push into the lower 80s, with a mostly clear evening featuring lows in the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

The outlook for Monday, is for continued mostly sunny skies and seasonable weather, with highs around 80 and overnight lows in the low to mid-60s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | September 10, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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The beahc house I'm in for the summer closes the 15th, so this is the last beach weekend in Ocean City. Will Saturday be rain free (Sunny and Warm is probably too much to hope for) there?

Posted by: wiredog | September 10, 2009 9:37 AM | Report abuse

@wiredog, Saturday should be rain-free in Ocean City and at least partial sunshine is a good possibility...

Posted by: Josh-CapitalWeatherGang | September 10, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: wiredog | September 10, 2009 12:51 PM | Report abuse

showers developing. sigh. moving from east to west around the Beltway

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 10, 2009 3:51 PM | Report abuse

showers developing around the Beltway.. moving from east to west...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 10, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

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