Forecast: Cooler today, summery tomorrow
Storm chance returns Fri; weekend sun & 70s!
FORECAST IN DETAIL
By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist
The next two days continue our roller coaster week of weather. Today's cooling will be short-lived as very warm and muggy air streams in from the south tomorrow ahead of a cold front. While nothing like the violent weather seen in the Plains this week, a few strong thunderstorms are possible here later tomorrow. The coaster ride then comes to an end as seasonable conditions take hold for the weekend -- perfect timing for highs in the 70s.
Today (Thursday): Yesterday's showers and storms are long gone, though the morning commute could include some fog and drizzle in spots as temperatures rise through the 50s. Otherwise, mostly cloudy skies rule much of the day with cool highs in the mid-60s at best and light winds from the east/southeast. Clouds may try to break a bit in the afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: A night out and about should be fairly pleasant thanks to light breezes from the south doing their best to keep temperatures from dropping. Under partly cloudy skies, evening readings in the low-to-mid 60s only dip to overnight lows in the upper 50s to low 60s. Just a slight chance of a shower overnight or toward morning north of the Beltway. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): Summertime returns for a quick visit as partly sunny skies and 10-20 mph breezes from the southwest warm the air. Highs head for the mid-to-upper 80s and moderate humidity raises the sweat factor. An approaching cold front sets the stage for scattered thunderstorms (50% chance you'll get wet at your location) from mid-afternoon into the evening, some with potentially strong wind gusts. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Some showers and storms may linger into the early-to-mid evening (chances still around 50/50 for any given spot) with temperatures falling into the 70s. Winds shift to come from the west by late evening and noticeably drier air starts moving in along with clearing skies. Lows in the low 60s Confidence: Medium
Saturday looks like a partly to mostly sunny day. Brisk winds from the northwest add a chill to morning temperatures rising through the 60s. But winds should start to decrease in the afternoon with delightful highs in the mid-70s. Saturday night lows bottom out in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday starts with cooler morning temperatures climbing through the 50s and into the 60s, but without Saturday's winds. A partly to mostly sunny and seasonable day ensues with highs in the mid-70s. Go for a walk people! Confidence: Medium-High
Monday is another seasonable day with mid-50s for morning lows and mid-70s for afternoon highs. However, clouds quickly increase and it would not surprise me to see some showers by afternoon (30% chance) or evening (50% chance) as the next system comes our way from the west. Confidence: Low-Medium
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