Forecast: Warm & muggy returns. Strong storms?
Weekend temps finally flatten out -- in the 70s
Today: Fairly cloudy & muggy. 40% chance of p.m. t'storms. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 40% chance of evening storms. Upper 50s to mid-60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Upper 70s. | Sunday: Partly sunny. Low-to-mid 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
It's been a week of temperature swings and we have one more today, this time toward the warm side and with humidity, too. What had looked like a spectacular weekend still looks pretty promising. But clouds may be more of a factor than originally expected if the cold front responsible for today's thunderstorm threat stalls closer to the area than first anticipated. Still, the weekend should provide plenty of pleasant outdoor time, with comfortable conditions on tap for tomorrow's Preakness up in Baltimore.
Today (Friday): Unless you were born in Miami, Houston or New Orleans, today's humidity will feel unnatural for mid-May. Or at the very least uncomfortable, especially combined with warm highs in the mid-to-upper 80s. The sun tries to peek through mostly cloudy skies at times as breezes blow around 10-15 mph from the southwest, and we run a 40% chance of afternoon thunderstorms. Any storms that do form have the potential to turn quite strong or severe, possibly with strong winds and hail. Confidence: Medium
Tonight: Skies likely remain mostly cloudy with evening storm chances staying around 40%. Any storm activity should hopefully die out after midnight. Lows cool to the low-to-mid 60s inside the Beltway, perhaps some upper 50s in the traditionally cooler suburbs. Drier air behind the cold front slowly filters in overnight on breezes from the west/northwest around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast into next week...
Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds may linger for a time in the morning. But the sun should shine more brightly as the the day goes on. A moderate breeze (10-15 mph) from the northwest keeps the humidity low, yet we'll still enjoy mild highs in the upper 70s. A great day for flying a kite or catching the Preakness in Baltimore, where similar conditions are expected. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy with comfy sleeping weather -- lows in the 50s with humidity still on the low side. Open the windows! Turn off the A/C! Confidence: High
Sunday: The forecast gets trickier Sunday mainly due to an uncertain cloud forecast -- we'll call it partly sunny for now -- but we also can't rule out an isolated afternoon or evening shower. Low-to-mid 70s for highs should be nice enough for a walk along the C&O canal or around downtown. Wear that sunscreen, though, whether it's cloudy or not. Confidence: Low-Medium
Partly cloudy Sunday night with a slight chance of a shower. Temperatures remain pleasant with lows mostly in the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium
What could be a juicy low-pressure system threatens to bring periods of rain late Monday & Tuesday. Both days should be mostly cloudy with highs in the 70s to upper 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium
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