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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/ 7/2010

Forecast: A welcome delightfully dry weekend

By Jason Samenow

Heat wave likely early next week

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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


Day one of the summer's nicest weekend to date!
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Today: Mostly sunny, comfortable humidity. 86-89. | Tonight: Mostly clear and pleasant. 62-70. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. 87-90. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


It seems like we've waited the whole summer for a weekend like this. At last, we'll put together two days without rain, extreme heat, or oppressive humidity. So we can all go about our weekend activities free of weather worries like heat stroke or thunderstorm induced power outages. While this break from the heat is well-timed, that's all it is - a break. Next week we steam right back up.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Saturday): The early morning will be the most pleasant time of the day with 60s in most spots. Loads of sunshine push temperatures quickly through the 70s in the mid-to-late morning. During the afternoon, we climb well into the 80s. Although many spots max out in the toasty upper 80s, the humidity is relatively low so it will feel nice. There will be little in the way of wind. Confidence: High

Tonight: We're looking at a second straight fine summer evening with clear skies. Temps gradually slip through 80s by 8 pm or so and through the 70s and into the 60s to around 70 (downtown) by early morning. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

A beautiful evening at the Lower Senate Park. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Tomorrow (Sunday): Winds come around from out of the south at around 10 mph, so we notice an increase in humidity compared to Saturday. But it doesn't exceed the moderate range which will make highs in the upper 80s to near 90 reasonably tolerable. Skies will be mostly sunny with minimal rain chances. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: We'll sense the mugginess returning as southerly flow further establishes itself. Lows will range from the upper 60s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-70s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Heat re-loads Monday and Tuesday with highs the in low-to-mid 90s on Monday and mid-90s on Tuesday under partly to mostly sunny skies. Humidity both days will be moderate to high. Overnight lows will be in the 70s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | August 7, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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A beautiful day for my daughter's wedding! She was dreading a continuation of 90+ degrees and high humidity, but this sounds perfect. If anyone is driving through Fairfax City around 3pm please feel free to beep at the happy couple.

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | August 7, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

Nice article on the tree loss during Thursday's storm. It's unbelievable good luck that there were no serious injuries or deaths from that one.
Now I'm going to sunblock & DEET up for garden fun. There's lots of green beans out there.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 7, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Ebola_22039 - very exciting and excellent weather for it!! congrats to everyone :D

FIREDRAGON47 - you've got green beans already? wow. but good precautions (sunblock & bugspray) for enjoying the outdoors today. glorious day!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | August 7, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | August 7, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Too bad the heat comes in before I leave for Wisconsin on Wednesday, but the rain threats here hold off till my departure. According to the Weather Channel the weather could be stormy in MSP and western Wisconsin that day.

There could be some relief later on. An autumn-like low is supposed to develop over the Prairie Provinces about midweek; it could send some cool Canadian air as far south as Texas and eastward by next weekend.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | August 7, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

There are so many ads on this page I can hardly read the content, not to mention trying to load it all. I realize the CWG team is immensely popular, but there has to be a balance.

Posted by: fleeciewool | August 7, 2010 6:54 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for the comment. Right now there are two major ads on the page - one above the banner and one on the right side. This is same number of ads we've always had since this blog was launched a couple years ago. And the ads should not interfere with reading the blog content. Can you let us know what content you cannot view due to the ads? Thanks.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | August 7, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Not many comments today. I guess everyone is on vacation or out enjoying the nice weather locally. Hopefully it holds for my Sunday "long" run tomorrow morning.

Posted by: marathoner | August 7, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

Sure - In the article "A Welcome Delightfully Dry Weekend," there's a Rodney the Lifeguard ad that appears literally on top of the text of the article.

Posted by: fleeciewool | August 8, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

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