Forecast: Cooler & gray today, then slowly nicer
Weekend temps trend up as skies gradually clear
Today: Mostly cloudy. Patchy p.m. showers with a 50% chance of storms. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 50% chance of showers/storms. Upper 50s to low 60s. | Tomorrow: 30% chance of showers. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
A new air mass, courtesy of a "back door" cold front that came in from the north last night, gives us a cloudy and much cooler day than yesterday. While it won't be a washout, shower and storm chances may affect some afternoon and evening outdoor plans for those getting an early start to the holiday weekend. Clouds persist until sunshine makes a comeback Sunday along with warmer temperatures. Memorial Day looks "classic" in the sunny & hot sense, with highs threatening 90 again.
Today (Friday): A mostly cloudy and cool end to our week, Patchy showers may bother us during the afternoon. And by late afternoon we'll have a 50% chance of isolated to scattered thunderstorms popping, in addition to any showers. Highs in the mid-70s, maybe upper 70s in areas that see a few peeks of sun, will feel much less oppressive than yesterday's sweltering low 90s. But a little humidity may still stick around. Breezes should be light from the east/southeast. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tonight: Showers, and maybe a few thunderstorms during the evening, may still pester us from time to time (50% chance). So do take the umbrella if you'll be out and about. Skies likely remain mostly cloudy as breezes blow lightly from the southeast. Lows cool to the upper 50s outside the Beltway, perhaps low 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium
Want sunshine? Keep reading for the forecast into next week, including the holiday weekend beach forecast...
Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds linger along with a 30% chance of some showers, maybe an afternoon thunderstorm. Hopefully the sun will break through at times during the afternoon as high pressure tries to build in, but that may be a slow process. Temperatures remain muted with highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy with lows in the upper 50s to low 60s again. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday: The outlook turns brighter Sunday as partly to mostly sunny skies boost highs to the low-to-mid 80s. Get out and enjoy what looks to be the most comfortable & pleasant day of the weekend! Confidence: Medium-High
Mostly clear Sunday night with warmer overnight temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium
We heat things up again for Memorial Day with highs back to around 90 or maybe the low 90s. With the heat comes humidity and possibly a few afternoon/evening showers and thunderstorms. Wear the sunscreen, stay hydrated and plan to sweat! ugh. Confidence: Medium
Tuesday has a higher chance of showers and storms, but a little cooler with highs in the 80s.
The weather at the beaches is conspiring to keep you at work on Friday with partly sunny skies but a 40-50% chance of mainly afternoon showers and thunderstorms from Cape May south through the Maryland & Delaware beaches and down to Virginia Beach, and a lesser chance (20-30%) down at the Outer Banks. Highs in the upper 60s to near 70 from Cape May to Ocean City, and lower 70s for points south.
We can't seem to shake the clouds Saturday as showers and storms remain possible -- around a 30-40% chance up and down the mid-Atlantic coast. Northern sections -- from Cape May to around Ocean City -- have the best chance of seeing some afternoon breaks of sun as high pressure tries to build in. Nobody's warm as onshore breezes, off waters that are still only in the 60s, keep highs in the upper 60s, except low 70s likely from Virginia Beach toward points south.
Sunday is a marked improvement up and down the coast with partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low-to-mid 70s from Cape May to Ocean City, and mid-70s to near 80 for Virginia Beach and the Outer Banks.
Memorial Day will make you wish for another week of vacation with mostly uniform highs in the upper 70s to low 80s. An intense sun will require plenty of the high SPF lotion for any tanning.
Good news is ocean temps are warmer than average this year, so hitting the surf won't be too painful if you're so brave. Waves will be potent reaching heights of 3 to 5 feet in most areas through the weekend, so be careful. Have a great holiday weekend! -David Streit and Dan Stillman
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