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Posted at 2:15 PM ET, 09/ 5/2009

Forecast: Wow, What Weekend Weather!

By Jason Samenow

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Today: Mostly sunny. 84-88. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 58-64. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 83-87. A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


It's difficult to imagine a holiday weekend with any finer weather. Each of the next three days will bring us bright sunshine (though some considerable cloud cover may be with us Labor Day), low humidity and warm temperatures. Excellent weather will extend into the evenings with mostly clear skies and refreshingly cool air. You'll need to turn on the sprinklers to water increasingly parched lawns, though. Reagan National Airport, for example, has only measured 0.15" in the last 12 days, with no rain in our immediate future.

Today (Saturday): A lot of sun today and not much wind. So, for much of the afternoon, it will feel quite warm and even hot if you're unable to seek shade. Highs will generally be in the mid-80s, though a couple spots could reach the upper 80s. Fortunately, humidity levels will be low with dew points in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: High

Tonight: It will be a great evening to dine outside or take a stroll. Once the sun sets, temperatures will quickly retreat into the 70s. They'll ultimately bottom out in the low-to-mid 60s downtown with mid-to-upper 50s in the normally cooler suburbs. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): Count on a day just like today with lots of sunshine and not much in the way of wind (out of the east at 5-10 mph). It will be a great day to visit the pool or lake, with highs generally in the mid-80s. You may notice a little more humidity and some increase in cloud cover, but it will still be relatively comfortable. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Moist flow from the east will continue, so we may see some further increase in clouds. That will result in slightly warmer low temperatures (compared to the last few nights), ranging from near 60 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Given the persistence of easterly flow, some low clouds and even a little drizzle can't be ruled out Labor Day morning, but partly sunny skies should gradually emerge. Highs should be in the low 80s. Overnight, partly cloudy and mild, with lows 61-66 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

On Tuesday, the moist flow from the east should dissolve, as high pressure settles over the region. This should result in more sunshine, with highs in the low 80s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | September 5, 2009; 2:15 PM ET
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I am the only person in the entire area who is going to complain about this weather. No wind!

Posted by: --sg | September 5, 2009 7:35 AM | Report abuse

I suspect that AugustaJim and the rest of the "much-needed-rain" crowd will start complaining about the "drought" sooner or later. One of our local TV mets was saying last night that we've gone 13 days without rain.

With my dance schedule starting to pick up it's my opinion that the weather can stay dry a while longer.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 5, 2009 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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