Forecast: Pause from heat continues
Warmer, stickier early next week
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Yesterday's high of 80 was the coolest since June 9. We can thank winds off the ocean and plenty of cloud cover for that break from the recent inferno. As the flow from the east hangs around today into part of tomorrow, the respite from the heat extends through the weekend. Temperatures near 90 return early next week along with a chance of showers and t'storms but there are no signs of extreme heat in our immediate future.
Today (Saturday): Our easterly flow (at around 10 mph) probably produces considerable morning cloud cover. As the day progresses, however, we're likely to see increasing sunshine -- helping temperatures rise about 5 degrees above yesterday's levels. That means highs in the mid-80s. Humidity isn't non-existent but more comfortable than recent days with dew points around 60. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: This is an excellent summer evening with partly cloudy skies and mild temps. Temps are mostly in the low 80s to the 70s for the evening activities with pre-dawn lows ranging from the mid 60s in the cooler suburbs to the low 70s in the city. If you're out late, you may notice the humidity starting to increase. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...
Tomorrow (Sunday): As winds change from the east to more from the south (at around 10 mph), we'll feel a noticeable increase in humidity. This southerly flow also causes an increase in cloud cover - applying a light brake on high temperatures which reach the mid-to-upper 80s (instead of 90). A couple spots well west of D.C. (out towards I-81) could see an afternoon shower but most of us stay dry. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: We're looking at a very muggy evening with a slight (20-30%) chance of showers and thunderstorms. Lows range from the upper 60s in the suburbs to the mid-70s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Monday and Tuesday are very warm and uncomfortably humid (dew points around 70). Highs both days are likely around 90, with overnight lows in the 70s. Afternoon and evening thunderstorms are a possibility (40-50% chance) both days as a weak cold front arrives in the region and stalls. Confidence: Medium
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