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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 06/ 9/2010

Forecast: Showery today; sunny end to work week

By Jason Samenow

Humid weekend; t'storm risk Sunday

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Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
41Forget about the rain. Today's digit honors Stephen Strasburg.
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Today: Showers, with thunder possible in the p.m. 70-75. | Tonight: Rain ends, slow clearing. 59-65. | Tomorrow: Becoming mostly sunny. 80-84. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


As we glow in the aftermath of Stephen Strasburg's stunning start, it's going to take a lot more than rain to dampen our spirits. Furthermore, today's wet weather is just a blip in an otherwise flawless work week weather-wise. After today's showers, enjoyable sunshine comes back Thursday and Friday. We can save all of our weather complaints for the weekend, when the humidity hits us hard.

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 (Wednesday): Rain showers are likely this morning (80% chance) as a frontal system approaches from the west. We may see a break in the rain as well a brightening of the sky briefly this afternoon before additional showers and possible thunderstorms develop (60% chance). A couple of the thunderstorms may produce some gusty winds, but most likely south of the metro region. Afternoon highs reach the mid-70s or so. Rainfall potential is around 0.5-1" with some spots seeing higher amounts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms end before midnight, then skies slowly clear. Lows range from near 60 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the work week...

Tomorrow (Thursday): Here we go with another really enjoyable early June day. Ample sunshine boosts temps into the low 80s with little humidity to speak of. A pleasant breeze from the west and northwest will blow at around 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: It'll be a great night to dine outside or take an extended walk. Clear skies and low humidity allow temps to drops into the 50s in most suburbs to around 60 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


The work week ends in style Friday with more sunshine and seasonably warm -- but not quite hot -- temperatures. Highs extend into the low-to-mid 80s with light winds. You may notice slightly more humidity than Thursday. Clear to partly cloudy Friday night with lows from near 60 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-to-upper 60s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

The humidity begins to assert itself Saturday and the mercury climbs higher as well. Under partly cloudy skies, highs reach to the mid-to-upper 80s. A couple isolated late day thunderstorms can't be ruled out (20-30% chance). Partly cloudy and muggy overnight, with lows from 65 to 70 (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

Low pressure moves in from the west, increasing clouds and the chance of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday (60% chance). We're probably not looking at an all-day rain event, partial sunshine is likely at times. But considerable cloud cover most likely means temperatures hold in the 80s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | June 9, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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There's a Mr. Sun "Nice Day!" symbol next to today. Not sure if that is an artifact of the "14" or if CWG is really into the much-needed-rain idea.

Posted by: eric654 | June 9, 2010 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: eric654 | June 9, 2010 6:35 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: eric654 | June 9, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse


The "Nice Day Sun" was up inadvertently. I've replaced it with radar. Great graphics you posted, though :)

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 7:26 AM | Report abuse

I know we're a few days out yet, but as of right now are those "late day thunderstorms" on Saturday going to come late enough (if at all) for the Soccer in the Circle revelers to see the end of US/England before getting wet?

Posted by: DCU_Rick | June 9, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Umm...I still see that happy little sun & Nice Day! graphic next to Thursdays forecast in this column.

Posted by: wadejg | June 9, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

wadejg - tomorrow should be a LOT nicer than today!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 11:01 AM | Report abuse


That's because Thursday's going to be a nice day. There had been (early this morning) a Nice Day Sun adjacent to today's forecast -- which was a mistake.


Timing and forecasting pop up storms is tough. Can't really pin down it down right now except to say more likely after 5 p.m. than before.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Seems like a dry slot to me, storm to the north and precipitation melting away over the mountains of WV. Will we get convection later because this is summer?

Posted by: eric654 | June 9, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

Looks like IAD is the big airport winner so far with .02"!

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

This rain event is once again underperforming...if we have a dry summer it's likely due to underperforming rain opportunities, rather than to massive dry systems. We should get some rain this afternoon, but more like a quarter inch rather than the three-quarters to one inch suggested by model guidance.

I'd say the chance for thunder is low--high clouds yesterday were mainly cirrus and some altocumulus overnight & there's little or no sun today.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 9, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't care less about the rain. To me it is just another day of cool weather which means one less day of heat and humidity as we trudge through summer. Bring on Fall, people!!!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | June 9, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Probably went too high on totals. Ian was right when he cautioned to expect not much from the first batch this morning...just skirted us. Now, the second batch doesn't look impressive either.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

The models dipped back south briefly yesterday and given the high water content in the air could have seen it work out but the last few weeks/mos seem to favor n. md up to SNE area for better precip. I'm a fan of a "seasonal track" until it busts.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 9, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the return of the heat this weekend. Bring on summer!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | June 9, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

Looks like the back end of the rain is passing through Loudoun/Montgomery right now.
I'll say that the Nats will play.

.26 inches in NW Montgomery.

Posted by: MKadyman | June 9, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, something must be wrong with me, but give me three days of high 60's to middle 70's after having 90 degree days of sweating and humidity and I AM A HAPPY CAMPER!!! In addition, give me some rain and it's a bonus. I measured .12" in Western LoCo today. It came down steady about noonish. My plants and garden is better for it. Heat will be here soon enough, along with it high electric bills for the A.C.!!

Posted by: worldtraveler83 | June 9, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

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