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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 06/25/2010

PM Update: Work week ends pleasantly, but...

By Ian Livingston

Higher heat and humidity levels return this weekend

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Instead of ridiculously hot, we've dropped back to just pretty hot today. Highs rising into the upper 80s and lower 90s are still running about 5 degrees above average for the date. National has risen to 90 and above, keeping the current heat wave alive at 7 days. While I'm happy the weekend is here, I wish there was better news for weekend conditions. My advice is to find a pool or hang out under a sprinkler (just don't open any fire hydrants!).

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: Debates about the pleasantness of another 90+ day aside, this evening will be quite delightful. Temperatures fall back through the mid-80s around sunset before dipping to lows in the upper 60s in the cooler areas to the lower 70s downtown. Skies are mostly clear throughout.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Hopefully everyone enjoyed the "break" in the high heat today because it's making a comeback tomorrow. Mostly sunny skies and warm winds coming from the southwest will help temperatures rise toward the mid-90s for highs. Humidity will step up as well, but not be totally unbearable just yet. There may be a late day shower or storm roaming around as well, don't bank on it though.

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Chicago lightning: While some in the D.C. area can't buy a thunderstorm this season, other locations on the edges of the upper-level ridge responsible for our June heat have seen plenty of action. The Chicago area has been hit repeatedly by major storms over the past week or so, including one on Wednesday which was quite a lightning producer. A Chicago resident was able to capture a pretty amazing scene or lightning striking Chicago's three tallest buildings at once! Hat tip, DCist.

By Ian Livingston  | June 25, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Fairfax currently shows 34% humidity and a 55 degree dew point. Can't beat that after the brutal heat and humidity we've had so far this summer. Unfortunately that weather returns tomorrow.

Posted by: rwalker66 | June 25, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Right. Sigh. But at least we got one day "off"? ;)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 25, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

In the clear skies ( Low humidity) can anybody detect the smoke from Manitoba fires that is overhead? Should make for a nice sunset

Posted by: pvogel88 | June 25, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

pvogel88, wow, so is this why the colors have been so splendid recently? I was chalking it up to simply being the solstice!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | June 25, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

Tom Skilling and the rest of the WGN weather crew have been pretty busy of late...there have also been days when baseball games have "bumped" the evening weather reports.

Invest 93 is now T.D. #1 SE of Cozumel & Honduras...the Gulf could be at risk. One possible track mirrors that of Audrey [1957]...but this would at least miss the oil-spill zone. Alex may be near Cancun/Cozumel this weekend.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | June 25, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

INCOMING HURRICAN IN GULF. BIG ONE. HITS LOUSIANA TEXAS WED.

http://vondrashek.spaces.live.com/default.aspx

EXPECT OINTMENT & FILTH. 4 th of season, first in gulf. pacific was 100 mph, see remnants. Get ALL Water Craft Work to Safety.

drashek MD

Posted by: thomasxstewart1 | June 25, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Just saw the space station fly almost overhead, from the SW to the NW. It was a bright blob and a bigger blob through binocs. The mid clouds cleared in the nick of time. Should fly again tomorrow night.

Posted by: eric654 | June 25, 2010 10:24 PM | Report abuse

I should add: it will pass over again tomorrow AM just before 4:30 and be at about its brightest, as bright as venus.

Posted by: eric654 | June 25, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

eric,
you, way out west, up high, can probably see so much more than we can down in here in falls church in light pollution land. the milky way is probably clearly defined out there. went to college in blacksburg. you could see stars out there...in the 80s...

more stars than grains of sand on earth...

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | June 25, 2010 10:37 PM | Report abuse

omg...we all knew it was coming. a hurricane in the gulf during the oil spill.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | June 25, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

My new house closer to Front Royal doesn't have as clean a sky as the old one on the Massanutten. But that space station was bright tonight (-3.7 which is almost as bright as venus). My college was 80's too but city (Lowell and Boston MA) and I would drive up to NH to see meteor showers.

Posted by: eric654 | June 26, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

@walter-in-fallschurch: It looks like the center is going to pass to the west of the oil spill. But yes, the storm will probably have an impact. We'll see what happens in about a week.

Posted by: DAK4Blizzard | June 26, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

Got a while to go till we get into freak out mode with the Gulf storm. Or it's going to be a reallllly long season. Maybe both.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | June 26, 2010 1:51 AM | Report abuse

I was at Nationals Park when the heavens opened up on Tuesday. 20 minute thundershower with incredible wind. Afterwards, there was a spectacular cumulonimbus cloud that caught the sunset. Amazing.

BB

Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | June 26, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

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