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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 07/ 1/2010

Forecast: July comes in like a lamb!

By David Streit

Scorching heat will be back by the 4th

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10At last some recompense for that steamy June. Get out and enjoy, it isn't going to last!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny. Low humidity. 78-82. | Tonight: Clear. 53-60. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Humidity stays low. 80-84. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist

The most stunning thing to me about this forecast is low humidity for the next 3 days and barely a cloud for the next 5 days. If only we could lock in these pleasant temperatures. Regrettably, the dry soils across the region lend themselves to a fast heat up. As a result, we skyrocket from nearly 10 degrees below average today to about 10 degrees above average by Monday. Speaking of dry soils...we've now received less than 60% of normal rain in the last 3 months, which by my definition is a drought. If you can water your street trees, please do. Help keep our city green!

Today (Thursday): Perfection, thy name is today! Sunny skies, gentle breezes and low humidity are not to be missed. Readings rising to lower 70s by noon and barely touching 80 by mid-afternoon are wondrous. Confidence: High

Tonight: The evening invites us all outdoors with 70s slipping to 60s by the time you head home. Clear, calm conditions allow lows to sink mainly into the 50s: downright cool! Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....

Tomorrow (Friday): This day is nearly a carbon copy of the day before but starts out a couple of degrees cooler and ends up a couple of degrees warmer. Highs should top out in the lower 80s under sunny skies. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Yet another perfect evening to be out. Clear skies and 70s are great as is the lack of humidity. Readings bottom out in the mid-50s to lower 60s (downtown). Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday marks the return to reality. Yes it really is still summer in D.C. Seasonable temperatures mean a quick rise to the lower 80s by midday and topping out in the upper 80s. Sunny skies and still low humidity help us to acclimate for what lies ahead. The evening is a great one for cooking out with upper 70s to lower 80s. Confidence: High

Sunday dawns in the 60s but races through the 70s and 80s in the morning. More than the fireworks will be hot today with highs hitting the mid-90s under intense sun in most areas. The saving grace is only moderate humidity which keeps the threat of afternoon and evening thundershowers out of the picture. Make sure you're well-hydrated if going to the Mall even as evening readings fall into the 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday proves the power of summer sun and dry soils. Even starting in the upper 60s to lower 70s does not save us as highs in the mid-to-upper 90s appear inevitable. To make it worse, humidity starts creeping up to uncomfortable levels. Ominously, there is still no significant chance of evening thundershowers. The drought is on. Confidence: Medium-High

By David Streit  | July 1, 2010; 10:45 AM ET
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Comments

What about forecasts for the beaches, the Berryville, Upperville and Winchester area and VA/NC beaches???

Posted by: sheepherder | July 1, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

The beach forecasts are all fair and dry up and down the Coast through the 5th of July! Temperatures will range from mid 70s NJ/DE to lower 80s VA/NC next 2 days and reach mid 80s to lower 90s for the 4th!

Posted by: davidstreit1 | July 1, 2010 9:16 AM | Report abuse

Berryville, Upperville and Winchester might get a thunderstorm a day ahead of the Metro area...the mountains usually do.

For once, no rain threats in the "At a Glance" section...all that will do is cause TominMichiganPark & the rest of the "much-needed rain" crowd to start whining once again about our Southern California style summer weather. Frankly I prefer having a dry Fourth of July weekend, though MRN will continue to find ways to dump the downpours on my errands and dance outings...I'm not looking forward to seeing the forecast for the evening of Friday the 9th when I have my next big Friday night Elks Lodge dance.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | July 1, 2010 10:29 AM | Report abuse

So it looks as if after this glorious few days, we are set for another extend length of 90 plus days of heat again with a few more runs at 100. Any indication to how long the next heat wave will last?

Posted by: hereandnow1 | July 1, 2010 11:41 AM | Report abuse

hereandnow1, an educated guess at that far into the future is about all we can try for... And my guess would be a heat spanning 7-10 days. :-/

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | July 1, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

The EURO is very hot through the period once it starts. It looks like near 100 for a week or so... hope it's wrong.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | July 1, 2010 2:05 PM | Report abuse

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