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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 06/ 2/2010

Forecast: Still warm, storm chances back Thurs.

By Dan Stillman

90s tomorrow; 80s Fri. thru weekend

* CWG's 2010 Summer outlook | Code Orange air quality today *
* Outside now? Radar, temps & more: Weather Wall | UnitedCast *

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
7Summer warmth with no storm worries and somewhat lower humidity.
Get tomorrow's 'Digit' on Twitter tonight


Today: Mostly sunny & less humid. Upper 80s to near 90. | Tonight: Increasingly muggy. Upper 60s to low 70s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny & humid. 60% chance of p.m. storms. Low-to-mid 90s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Despite being the first Code Orange air quality day of the year, today's lower humidity and lack of storm chances are an improvement over yesterday. Both return tomorrow along with highs in the 90s as a cold front approaches. Said cold front brings temperatures back down a bit for Friday through the weekend, with highs mostly in the 80s and shower/storm chances persisting in the low to moderate range.

A thunderstorm moves through the area yesterday afternoon, as seen from Tysons Corner looking east toward Arlington, Va. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Today (Wednesday): The air mass is just as warm behind the boundary that brought us thunderstorms yesterday, as highs head for the upper 80s to near 90 today. The main difference is the humidity, which should be lower today than the past couple days, but still noticeable. And, no thunderstorms to deal with today -- just mostly sunny skies. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mild and increasingly muggy tonight as humidity edges up again. Skies should be mostly clear through the evening with some increasing clouds possible late. Lows probably don't go any lower than the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): An approaching cold front means a pretty good chance (60%) for late afternoon/evening thunderstorms that could be heavy rain producers. Otherwise, it's a partly sunny and humid day with highs mainly in the low-to-mid 90s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Thunderstorm chances continue around 60% through the evening before likely dissipating overnight as less humid air tries to make inroads. Lows should be upper 60s to low 70s once again with mostly cloudy skies through the night. Confidence: Medium


Cloud cover may stick around through a portion of Friday morning before partly sunny skies take over and temperatures reach highs around the mid-80s. Humidity should be lower, but enough moisture and energy may remain in the atmosphere to generate a couple isolated thunderstorms during the afternoon or evening. Confidence: Medium

Typical summer fare awaits us this weekend. Both days should be moderately humid with morning lows in the 60s, afternoon highs in the 80s, and afternoon/evening thunderstorm chances in the 30-40% range. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | June 2, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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Already Code's just the 2nd of June......yeah, don't worry about fossil fuels.......

Posted by: jckdoors | June 2, 2010 8:35 AM | Report abuse

Ugh...that's it. I'm moving back home to the Northwest, where it still feels fall-like for the first week of June.

Posted by: akchild | June 2, 2010 9:09 AM | Report abuse

That drop in humidity from yesterday is *really* modest. Still uncomfortably sticky out there.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 2, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Wow without a UnitedCast, I have no idea what to wear to the game.

Guess I'll wear my Ben Olsen jersey over a hooded sweatshirt, and arrive about 6:30.... ;)

Posted by: JkR- | June 2, 2010 10:32 AM | Report abuse

I too have no idea what time people will arrive or what jersey to wear without a UnitedCast.

I assume it'll be rainy and mid-40's

Posted by: rockotodd | June 2, 2010 10:56 AM | Report abuse

I would like to welcome all newcomers to the D.C. area to the three months of hell. Between the humidity and the mosquitoes, it really is a miserable time of year. The good news is that we are three months away from the start of meteorological fall!!!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | June 2, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

authorofpoetry - I kind of agree with you... I will not be happy again until late September :-)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 2, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

Yet another splendid day out there. :)

Love this weather.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | June 2, 2010 11:15 AM | Report abuse

I refuse to make unnecesarily scurrilous comments on this message board if the Capital Weather Gang refuses to acknowledge DC United's US Open Cup Game tonight with a United Cast!!

I will be shirtless this evening, barring any further guidance from the Post's meteorologists.

Posted by: c_sallinger | June 2, 2010 11:36 AM | Report abuse

My beans love this weather too.
I swear they are growing taller a foot a day right now.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 2, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

Thunderstorm chances looking a bit higher for tomorrow, bumped up to 60% now. -Dan, CWG

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 2, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Sorry folks... UnitedCast now added on the blog, immediately below this post.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | June 2, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Dews are still coming down, definitely lower than yesterday -- almost 10 degrees so. Then again, it's sort of an academic argument in the summer around here in my opinion.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 2, 2010 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yep, another effort by the "much-needed-rain" crowd to mess up my Thursday afternoon & evening with this 60% chance of thunderstorms & possible severe weather...the timing would be MUCH BETTER for me if this severe weather and these thunderboomers could have been timed for FRIDAY afternoon and evening!

The problem: I like it better staying home on Friday afternoon because the Arlington County Library closes early that day. This week has been a mess--Ballston trips three afternoons in succession due mainly to the Monday holiday. The afternoon thunderboomers & downpours don't make things any easier. I'd much rather have Tuesday afternoon and Friday afternoon free than Monday and Friday afternoons. "MNR's" scheduling of severe weather for my "busy" afternoons doesn't make it very nice either.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 2, 2010 12:52 PM | Report abuse

What is the outlook for biking home from work tomorrow? Is it looking like consistent storminess, or is it more of the storms with intermittent calm spots in between type of weather?

Posted by: ivr10 | June 2, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

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