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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/30/2010

Forecast: Holiday weekend heats up

By Jason Samenow

* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall *

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
7Feeling summer-like. Lots of sun - up near 90.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Partly to mostly sunny, very warm. 86-90. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 65-71. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, hot, and humid. Slight storm chance. 90-95. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The clouds that had dogged the area for the last couple days parted rather suddenly yesterday afternoon, letting in the sunshine that stays with us for most of the rest of the holiday weekend. Said sunshine pushes the temperature upwards each of the next two days - as high as 90 today, and perhaps 93-95 tomorrow. The building heat and humidity may juice the atmosphere sufficiently for an isolated thunderstorm to close out Memorial Day.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): Many area pools opened up yesterday but today is the day to arrive early and reserve your chair. Plentiful sunshine assists temperatures reach up to near 90 with tolerable humidity levels. In the spirit of sun safety, remember to slip on a shirt, slap on a hat, slop on some sunscreen and wrap on sunglasses . Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A comfortably warm evening provides idea barbecuing weather as temperatures drop back into the 80s. Overnight, the suburbs fall through the 70s, eventually bottoming out in the the mid-60s. In the city and typically warmer locations, 70 may be as low as you go. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into the middle of next week...

Tomorrow (Memorial Day): It may feel as if we've fast forwarded to July 4th, but we are really talking about low to even mid-90s for Memorial Day. A summer time Bermuda high pumps up tropical air and humidity with heat indices flirting with the upper 90s. An isolated thunderstorm is not out of the question (20% chance) but most likely towards the mountains. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: It's going to be really muggy. Even the suburbs will have a tough time dropping below 70 and it stays in the mid-to-upper 70s downtown for morning lows. Confidence: Medium-High


Showers and thunderstorms are strong possibility Tuesday as a weak cold front runs into this juicy air mass. Before afternoon showers and storms pop, it heats up -- with highs in the upper 80s. Showers and t'storms diminish at night, with lows from 64-70 (suburbs-city) Confidence: Medium-High

Wednesday is not so hot and humid, but still warm thanks to high pressure and lots of sunshine. High temps head up to the mid-80s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Jason Samenow  | May 30, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Now this is the kind of weather I can enjoy. Not like all that white stuff that fell out of the sky a few months ago.

Posted by: epjd | May 30, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

@epjd: I second that motion!

Posted by: Havoc737 | May 30, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

It's almost getting too hot...wouldn't it be great to get a little snow in a few days???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 30, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47 - Since our garden is now moving into full blown food production mode the answer to your question here would be "NO".

All that blizzard drama will be back again before we know it. Will schools be late? When will the sand truck drive thru? Are the Feds closed?
That was a lot of fun but it's also very nice to have fresh basil in the backyard.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 30, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

10-4 FIREDRAGON47. As long as the dew points stay below 60, it is just fine to stay warm, sunny, and let the produce grow! Snow was great but four seasons are even better.
Now if I can get the AC fixed...

Posted by: pjdunn1 | May 30, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As long as the dew points stay below 60?

Come on. This is the East Coast, not North Dakota.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 30, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

So true... unfortunately. But today was pretty decent. I was at work at Huntley Meadows park in Fairfax county and out on the boardwalk where there is no shade it was surprisingly decent. The breeze was somewhere between 5 and 10 and the dew points were tolerable. One can dream of a summer full of days like today.
Then reality sinks in. Sigh...

Posted by: pjdunn1 | May 30, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

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