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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 08/14/2010

Forecast: Pause from heat continues

By Jason Samenow

Warmer, stickier early next week

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Today: Becoming partly sunny, pleasantly warm. 82-86. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. 63-69. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, a little more humid. 84-88. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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.

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): 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

By Jason Samenow  | August 14, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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I walked outside about 7pm last night and discovered....we had someone else's weather. Cool, fresh air. What a delight. I guess we had to give it back. This morning it's cool but sticky, the gnats and skeeters are out in force in Falls Church.

Posted by: tbva | August 14, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Since June 9 was the last time the high was below 80 degrees, wonder what the longest period is for daytime high temps at 80 degrees or higher?

Not that I'm complaining. Yesterday's high of 80 is m-u-c-h better than a daily low of 80. "In the heat of the night" was getting to be a very tired refrain.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | August 14, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse

JerryFloyd1 - I used to love that show when it was on TV. :-) Oh and regarding 80-degree temps, hopefully our resident statistician/climatologist Ian can tell us about the streak of 80+?

tbva - hope you like the daytime weather perhaps a little better than this morning's mugginess?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | August 14, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

@Camden, today's weather is heaven sent. And tomorrow we'll be 2/3s of the way through the period (April 15-Oct 15)when the heat is turned off in D.C. There IS light at the end of the tunnel!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | August 14, 2010 1:22 PM | Report abuse

Took advantage of mostly cloudy skies and modestly damp ground (0.8 inches of rain) to do some weeding and mulching. The mosquitoes are usually out at night, so I got a different bug bite instead (not as bad). Probably not a gnat bite since I have a deal with at least 8 hummingbirds, I supply them sugar water (a five pound bag every few weeks) and they take care of the gnats. Also have at least 4 bats and 1-2 jurassic park sized dragonflies. Had a blue-gray gnat catcher but I haven't seen it since June.

Posted by: eric654 | August 14, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

First wave of fall season lettuce crop planted. Will plant more next weekend unless temps soar back into upper 90's. I'm tired of that kind of heat & our garden is too.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 14, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

OMG! What a great day! I did my Mall walk for the first time in 2 months!! I was shocked to see green grass! It felt like that day that says Fall is on the way but I know Mother Nature is toying with me..

Posted by: SPS1 | August 14, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 15, 2010 8:58 AM | Report abuse

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