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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/30/2010

PM Update: As good as the end of June gets

By Ian Livingston

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Talk about a spectacular day. Temperatures have struggled to get past the mid-and-upper 70s thus far and highs below 80 seem likely in many spots. If you have not had a chance to enjoy much of this glorious weather outdoors, there are still two prime days of this stuff ahead. After days and days of well above average readings, this is quite a change for the better!

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Through Tonight: Spring-like conditions continue as temperatures fall back through the 70s this evening under clearing skies. Lows ultimately dip all the way to the low-and-mid 50s in the suburbs to around 60 downtown.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Want more of today's weather? You got it. Mostly sunny skies and light winds from the north team up with cool temperatures to create another brilliant one. Afternoon temperatures rise to the upper 70s or around 80.

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Tropics: Hurricane Alex is expected to come ashore on the northern Mexico coastline tonight. The storm continues to slowly strengthen and now has winds sustained at 85 mph. The forecast calls for it to impact the shore as a category 2 system. Wihle a good distance to the north of the center, Brownsville, Tx. (see current radar) has already seen over 4 inches of rain as well as gusty winds. More of each is to come.

By Ian Livingston  | June 30, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Low to mid 50's in the 'burbs tonight? That's my type of weather! I might have to bust out a light jacket for the commute to work tomorrow morning.

Posted by: B-Kraemer | June 30, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Alex appears to be trying to strengthen more rapidly now as it nears the coast. After days of looking sort of ugly it looks pretty beastly now. Word is it's the strongest June hurricane since 1966.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 30, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

This day deserved the "10".
This ginger lady was very grateful for the thin clouds over Calvert County today. The shallow waters were borderline hot. What a beautiful day to walk along the Chesapeake.

Of course I had to water like a fireman when we got back. That's the price to be paid right now for fresh basil & cherry tomatoes right outside the door.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | June 30, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Next rain threat looks like Tuesday and Wednesday...I also have to run PM errands all those three days due to the Monday holiday on the 5th!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 30, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Perfect evening to take my one year old girl out for a walk. is the forcast highs for Dulles Sunday thru Thursday: 95,96,98,94,90. Worst, no real rain outlook until Friday Jul 9th.
We could reach 60 90+ days this year.

Good night.

Posted by: LoudounGeek | June 30, 2010 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Alex made landfall a few minutes ago with estimated winds of 105 mph (cat 2).

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 30, 2010 10:07 PM | Report abuse

0 rain since June 3, sorry Bombo but I need rain.

Posted by: VaTechBob | June 30, 2010 11:01 PM | Report abuse

According to the Drought Monitor, we are officially now in the first phases of drought, though just barely (and not in all parts of the region).

Posted by: maymay1 | June 30, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm with VaTechBob ... we desperately need rain out here. I don't think we have had measurable precip for 3 weeks. Grass is brown and dry. We're watering anything in pots twice a day. Although this respite is very welcome, I wish it would end with a nice soaking rain ....

Posted by: weathergrrl | June 30, 2010 11:55 PM | Report abuse

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