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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/ 3/2010

Forecast: Showery start to warm week

By Jason Samenow

* Where's the rain? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall | Get There *

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
4Damp, gray, and sticky. Not the best start to week.
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Today: Showers and t'storms likely. 80-85. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 56-64. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Near 80. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


We've now reached the point in spring when cold fronts come through, high temperatures don't always take a big hit. For example, the cold front passing through the region today (responsible for the rainy forecast) won't markedly drop temperatures tomorrow. In fact, for much of the week we'll see daytime highs at or above 80. Not until late in the weekend will a cold front pack enough of a punch to drop highs back into the 70s or cooler.

Radar: Latest regional radar shows movement of precipitation over past three hours. Powered by HAMweather. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Monday): Showers are likely today, with an embedded thunderstorm possible as well. The best chance of rain will be this morning (60-70% chance), although a few showers and t'storms could pop up later this afternoon. In between periods of rain, the sun may briefly make an appearance, warming temperatures into the low 80s or so. We'll have a wind from the southwest at 10-20 mph, with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies partially clear overnight behind the cold front. As winds become from the northwest (at 5-10 mph), it turns cooler and less humid with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s in the cooler suburbs to the low 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Much improved over today. We should have a mix of clouds and sunshine and lower humidity. An upper level disturbance *could* trigger an isolated p.m. shower (less than 20% chance) but the models have been backing away from that idea. Highs should be right around 80. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: High pressure builds into the region, clearing our skies. It will be a pleasantly cool overnight period, with lows dipping to around 50 in the cooler suburbs to the upper 50s downtown. Definitely a night to consider shutting down the A/C and opening the windows. Confidence: Medium-High


Partly sunny skies around Chinatown Saturday. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Nice weather settles in for both Wednesday and Thursday. Expect lots of sunshine and comfortably warm afternoon temperatures. Highs should be in the low 80s Wednesday moderating to the mid-80s Thursday when there may be a touch of humidity. Overnight lows should range from the 50s (suburbs) to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front pushes towards the region on Friday, likely triggering some showers and t'storms in the afternoon. Before the front arrives, there will probably be enough sunshine to boost temperatures into the 80s. Showers and thunderstorms should continue into Friday night, with lows around 60. Confidence: Medium

Cooler air filters into the region for the weekend. After a slight chance of showers Saturday morning, it should become partly sunny with highs in the 70s. Sunday has the potential to be a beautiful day with sunshine and 70s after overnight lows in the 50s (40s in the suburbs?). Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | May 3, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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No one wants to complain about this rain & tropical humidity? I am surprised! :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 3, 2010 10:26 AM | Report abuse

Humidity is horrible today. Thank you A/C

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 3, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

My AC stopped working on house is like a sauna

Posted by: bgaffney491 | May 3, 2010 10:53 AM | Report abuse

I got myself a hotel room last night because I couldn't stand a third night of 90F temps in my apartment. It was OK Friday and Saturday night but yesterday with the humidity it was completely unbearable.

Posted by: ana_b | May 3, 2010 11:19 AM | Report abuse

That line of showers/storms up near Cumberland loooks as though it's with the front.

Could someone reschedule that possible severe thunderstorm activity late Friday??? We have a big dance at the Elks Lodge on May 7 & I don't want any nasty weather interfering with our power in the Merrifield area that evening...looks as though the "much-needed severe weather" crowd is messing with our dance schedules again! Just for the record, it appears as though the ECMWF is postponing this bad weather till Saturday afternoon/evening...hope the Europeans are right!!!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 3, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Bombo47, you might just have to consider getting a hobby that is a little less dependent on the weather. No offense, but nature does not always take dances into account when fronts and storms decide to advance.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 3, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately, right here in the immediate D.C. metro area, we (once again) missed the severe storms yesterday and last night, though some looked like they went north of us through Frederick/Hagerstown MD and southern PA.

We've missed several times in a row now (as far as I'm concerned, the more we miss, the better), but I'm afraid sooner or later, here in the D.C area, we'll hit the luck of the draw.

Posted by: MMCarhelp | May 3, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

The lunchtime air was about as thick as it gets! Looking forward to tomorrow's substantial drop in humidity. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 3, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

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