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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/ 3/2009

Forecast: Pleasant, Dry Weather for Days Ahead

By Josh Larson

Temperatures return to normal Friday into the weekend

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Fall weather fans: cooler-than-average weather continues today. But, we've still got a little while to go before highs in the 70s are routine. Temperatures will return to "normal" by Friday -- meaning low-to-mid 80s for highs -- and last through the holiday weekend. On the plus side, humidity levels should stay rather docile, and there is little or no chance for rain to spoil outdoor activities straight through Labor Day.

Today (Thursday): Today's weather will be very similar to yesterday's except for a little more in the way of cloud cover as well as temperatures probably a couple degrees warmer. I'd count on a mix of clouds and sun with afternoon highs in the mid-to-upper 70s and a light breeze from the northeast at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: We'll see partly cloudy conditions, with temperatures ranging from the mid-to-upper 50s across the cooler spots to the low 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the entire Labor Day weekend forecast...

Tomorrow (Friday): Friday's weather will serve up a continued blend of clouds and sun, though with somewhat warmer afternoon highs into the low 80s in most areas despite a breeze from the north of 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy skies will typify the conditions on Friday evening, with overnight lows eventually dropping to the upper 50s across the cooler suburbs to the low-to-mid 60s in areas in and around downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


For the first day of the extended weekend, Saturday, I'd plan on mostly sunny skies throughout the day, with milder -- but still close to "normal" -- afternoon highs reaching the mid-80s. Skies will be mostly clear on Saturday night, with overnight lows ranging from about 60-65 across the region. Confidence: Medium-High

We're lucky to have what I expect to be continued mostly sunny and dry conditions on Sunday, with afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 80s and overnight lows, under partly cloudy skies, primarily in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

The outlook for Labor Day Monday is for more of the same -- and that's a good thing in my book. I think we'll see partly to mostly sunny skies during the daytime, with afternoon highs reaching the low 80s. Overnight lows, once again under partly cloudy skies, will probably range from the upper 50s across the outlying areas to the low-to-mid 60s closer to downtown. Confidence: Medium


Heading to the Maryland or Delaware beaches for the weekend? Conditions should be fairly similar to those we'll experience in the immediate D.C. area, with one significant exception: these spots can expect mostly cloudy conditions today and Friday along with the chance of an isolated shower or two and highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Otherwise, partly to mostly sunny skies are expected Saturday through Monday with highs mainly in the low 80s.

If you're heading up to Cape May, N.J., you can also expect mostly cloudy skies with an isolated shower chance today and Friday and highs in the mid-to-upper 70s, but otherwise quite a bit of sun and generally dry weather Saturday through Monday with highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Conditions look much the same if your travels take you to Virginia Beach, except a little warmer Friday through Monday with highs generally in the low 80s.

Finally, if you're spending time further south -- at the Outer Banks -- expect mostly cloudy skies with some showers possible today and Friday, partly sunny Saturday and Sunday with only an isolated shower chance, then maybe an increase in clouds and shower chances on Monday. Highs should be around 80 over the course of the holiday weekend.

Wherever you may be heading, safe travels from the Capital Weather Gang!

By Josh Larson  | September 3, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | September 3, 2009 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Weather is very nice [which means the much-needed-rain crowd may soon start yelling for a deluge.].

Kim Martucci just posted a couple of raindrops for the Clarendon Ballroom reopening Tuesday evening...but most of the weekend dances look precipitation-free. Metro will be the big problem; that Crystal City/National Airport shutdown for Labor Day weekend caught even the Metro board by surprise!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 3, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

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