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Posted at 5:15 PM ET, 05/15/2010

Forecast: Some clouds Sunday, but still nice

By Brian Jackson

Work week starts cooler with rising rain chances

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9Sunshine, check. Dry air, check. 70s, check. Looks good to me!
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Today: Mostly sunny. Upper 70s to near 80. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. 20% chance of p.m. shower. Low-to-mid 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


A nice day to get your Preak on! Sunny and, thankfully, dry weather returns to us today in the wake of yesterday's heat, humidity and thunderstorms. High pressure builds in overhead to deliver an almost perfect spring Saturday. Clouds may increase some on Sunday but temperatures remain pleasant. Alas, as if heading back to work wasn't enough of a downer, showers and cooler temperatures look to dampen the forecast Monday and Tuesday.

Today (Saturday): Yesterday's thunderstorms and humidity are long gone, cleared out by an overnight cold front. What remains behind is quite a nice day. Mostly sunny skies help morning temperatures rise through the 60s, and afternoon highs hit the upper 70s to near 80. Other than a brisk breeze from the northwest at 10-20 mph, not a bad start to the weekend. Confidence: High

Tonight: We'll see partly cloudy skies for the most part. Some of our more southern readers may tend toward mostly cloudy due to the cold front stalled near the VA/NC border. A good night to sleep with the windows open, as a light but steady breeze and the scattered clouds prevent us from getting too chilly. Overnight lows likely reach the mid-50s in the 'burbs, and the upper 50s for the city. Confidence: High

Does the nice weather hold? Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): The weekend looks to conclude with another pleasant spring day. Though don't be surprised if a layer of high clouds filter the sun. Afternoon highs should still manage the low-to-mid 70s. An associated shower or sprinkle is possible in the afternoon (20% chance) . Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Clouds start to thicken overnight and shower chances increase slightly to around 30%, as low pressure and an associated warm front begin to approach from the southwest. Overnight lows should again be in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium


Not the best way to begin a new week on Monday as weak high pressure to the north valiantly fights a losing battle against the approaching low. Gray skies keep highs to the mid-to-upper 60s as rain chances increase from around 30% in the morning to about 50% in the afternoon. Rain is likely Monday night -- a pretty good one to stay in -- with lows in the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday doesn't look so hot either. Shower chances remain in the forecast (60-70%) as a new area of low pressure tries to form off the coast. Highs remain below normal, probably in the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | May 15, 2010; 5:15 PM ET
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"thankfully" dry? Maybe humidity wise. But we didn't get a drop of rain in northern Prince William yesterday...we DESPERATELY need rain!

Posted by: silencedogoodreturns | May 15, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm with silencedogoodreturns. We desperately need rain, though we got some in NE DC. It wasn't enough. We need a long soaker, and the best time for that is during the week.

I'll never forget one of the dopes on the weather channel saying what a nice, sunny day it was going to be in East Texas during their years-long drought. While I by no means lump CWG in that category, I'd appreciate some attention to context.

Posted by: kperl | May 15, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

Guys, guys, guys, many areas recieved a good shot of rain both Tuesday and yesterday with thunderstroms around the area. We're hardly in any condition to start screaming "DROUGHT". With rain in the forecast on Mon/Tues, I, for one, am going to enjoy this dry weekend.

Posted by: Brian-CapitalWeatherGang | May 15, 2010 11:09 AM | Report abuse

...And I'm still upset due to this pain-enhancing low pressure & rain forecast for Tuesday when I'm supposed to have my oral surgery [due to the fact it's the only Tuesday night my Clarendon Ballroom swing dance is cancelled for a private event!]

Most weather-wise individuals would prefer to have teeth extracted under high pressure, when the recuperation is less painful!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 15, 2010 1:50 PM | Report abuse

silencedogoodreturns - not sure what part of northern PWC ur in, but Lake Ridge got pounded yesterday with hail/wind/heavy rain.

Posted by: ZmanVA | May 15, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

If that is you biggest worry in life Bombo, I think you're doing OK.

Posted by: Axel2 | May 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I fully agree with those who are desperately seeking rain! While we may not be in an official drought, the HPC announced two weeks ago that an inland slice of the Northeast, from the Tug Hill Plateau in Upstate NY through Northern VA is "abnormally dry". This is the time of year we need those beneficial rains before our dreadful heat begins.

.22 inches in my two front-yard rain gauges in Michigan Park in NE DC yesterday. Not enough, but I'll take every drop. Bring on lots of rain this coming week!

Posted by: TominMichiganParkDC | May 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Starting to look like we have trouble getting out of the 60s both Monday and Tuesday, with a coastal low trying to form Monday night. So, Monday and Tuesday temps have been tweaked down in updated forecast above.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | May 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm in the southern part of Prince William county (Dumfries area). We didn't get squat in the rain department here yesterday. Wind, yes; rain, no. The water table may be fine, but the ground here is bone dry. While the rain makes my work commute to/from Fort Belvoir a bigger pain in the neck than it already is, I would actually welcome a good soaking rain next week.

Bombo, best of luck on Tuesday. I'll be thinking of you. I had my 4 wisdon teeth (impacted at the time) extracted on the same day. Don't worry so much about it, and hang in there!

Posted by: southbridgemom | May 15, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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