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Posted at 3:25 PM ET, 05/ 6/2010

PM Update: Gusty winds subside this evening

By Ian Livingston

Another batch of 'nice' tomorrow; Weekend cooldown

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The string of nice days rolls on. Today we added some wind and lowering humidity as a cold front ushers slightly cooler, and a good bit drier, air into the area. Highs have made it to near 80 and into the lower 80s, with not a whole lot of upward temperature movement this afternoon behind the front. The dry air and the gusty winds are already quite noticeable -- the cool will be as well tonight into tomorrow. If that's not enough, a real cool down targets us by Sunday.

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Through Tonight: Winds stay gusty through sunset, but should be peaking already so gradual weakening is expected through the night. Under mostly clear skies, evening readings in the 70s fall fairly quickly to overnight lows in the upper 40s for the suburbs to mid-50s downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): Friday looks like a winner. Low humidity and slightly cooler readings will mix with light winds and sunshine to produce a beautiful day. Highs should reach the upper 70s to near 80. As the day wears on a south wind should return, potentially bringing humidity levels back up by evening, but nothing too high.

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By Ian Livingston  | May 6, 2010; 3:25 PM ET
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Anyone as excited as me when they read WEEKEND COOLDOWN? woohoo! :-)

In other news, UV index is still a "9" at this time of the day. Just putting that out there. I wish I knew how to start researching what I am viewing as abnormally high UV readings this Spring at both DCA and downtown DC locations... be careful out there, use sunscreen!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

RE: weekend cooldown
Pro: not having to run the AC
Con: delay in planting the beans & okra

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 6, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

FIREDRAGON47 - I am surprised you would have to delay? Is the soil not warm enough? Please do educate me in gardening.. not an expert except with estimating soil temperatures... :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | May 6, 2010 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Firedragon,I think you're pretty safe to plant most everything, as our drop dead frost date here around the DC area is May 15. I'm sure a lot of us have already ignored that .... If you plant now, and it's cool later, they'll still come up ...

Posted by: weathergrrl | May 6, 2010 10:42 PM | Report abuse

RE: Planting
Have a Centreville micro-climate in my backyard which tends to run a couple of degrees cold.

Trying experimental red okra type seeds & am going to guess that they might be a little more sensitive to cold nights than regular okra.

Lettuce crop is coming in now....very beautiful & tasty too.

Gardening in townhouse community with very limited backyard space is challenging but it can be done. One has to be prepared for some flops. Wish that the home owners association would fence & offer some of the very plentiful grasses open areas as garden plots to those of us with the fresh produce obession.

I guess this post is more for Post garden writer Adrian Higgins than CWG at this point....

Looks like a great weekend!

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | May 7, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

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