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Posted at 4:00 PM ET, 08/22/2010

Forecast: Cooler, sometimes showery stretch

By Brian Jackson

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updated at 11:30 a.m. & 4 p.m.; originally posted at 5 a.m.

Today's Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.


Some nuisance Sunday showers. But at least it's cool compared to most weekend days this summer.
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Today: Mostly cloudy & steamy. 50% chance of showers/t'showers. Mid-80s. | Tonight: Clearing skies. Upper 60s to low 70s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. 40% chance of mainly p.m. showers/t'storm. Low-to-mid 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Well, it was nice while it lasted. A few days without the threat of storms and temperatures not threatening triple digits seemed almost out of place didn't it? While we won't be seeing any 100s (probably not even 90s) anytime soon, the risk of showers and thunderstorms does return at times today into the first half of the work week, though temperatures near to below average should limit the chances of anything severe.

Radar & lightning: Latest D.C. area radar shows movement of precipitation and lightning strikes over past two hours. Refresh page to update. Click here or on image to enlarge. Or see radar bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Sunday): Unsettled weather returns today as a cold front slides across the area. Not expecting a washout, and some places may only see a light shower or could miss out entirely on precipitation. But overall, there's a 50% chance of showers throughout the day, and possibly thundershowers in the afternoon. Skies are mostly cloudy and humidity is high with highs in the mid-80s. Afternoon breezes pick up from the west as the front passes. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The shower threat pretty much comes to an end (just a slight chance during the evening). Skies should clear some as well -- we'll call it partly cloudy -- though some patchy fog is possible. Light breezes from the northwest are a sign of a bit drier air moving in. Lows in the upper 60s to near 70 in the suburbs, and low 70s downtown. Confidence: Medium

How do you rank today's weather? Vote your call for today's 'Digit' (see Daily Digit box above). And keep reading for the forecast through midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): The cold front is gone and humidity is a little lower, but an area of low pressure high up in the atmoshphere keeps us mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and possibly a thunderstorm or two. Most of whatever rain there is should hold off until afternoon. Highs are stunted in the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow Night: We'll continue to stay questionable through the evening and overnight with a 30% chance of showers. Lows drop back to the mid-60s to low 70s with mostly cloudy skies above. Confidence: Medium


Tuesday, that upper-level low pressure hangs around, as do shower and thunderstorm chances at around 30-40%. A lot of clouds limit highs to the quite cool mid-70s to near 80. Rain chances diminish Tuesday night with lows in the 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Wednesday brings with it a less dreary forecast -- increased sun, decreased rain chances, and more summery highs in the 80s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | August 22, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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So far it feels exactly like last Sunday. Relentless overcast, tropical humidity and rain, but not hot enough to turn the air-conditioner on. I AM SO **** TIRED OF THIS DANK, STINKING HUMIDITY!!!

Posted by: HenryFPotter | August 22, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Are we done with the rain in the immediate metro area say for the next 6-8 hours?

Posted by: snowlover | August 22, 2010 10:37 AM | Report abuse


Don't know if we're "done" per say, but showers are probably few and far between for the next several hours. Will have to see if a line of showers/t'showers tries to form and come through in the late afternoon or early evening.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | August 22, 2010 11:37 AM | Report abuse

I have been suffering severe dry eyes this whole summer until the last two weeks. I am loving the delicious rain and comparatively cool temps.

Posted by: RoganStrong | August 22, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Line of showers with some embedded downpours stretches southwest to northeast, from around 270/495 interchange up to Baltimore area. Moving pretty quickly to the east, so about 20 minutes of rain for those in its path.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | August 22, 2010 1:23 PM | Report abuse

The line is a little bit more SW than 270--here in Centreville we're wrapping up a pretty impressive downpour which started off with some noticeable (but not anywhere near severe) wind. Guess I should have mowed the lawn yesterday....

Posted by: jkuchen | August 22, 2010 1:59 PM | Report abuse

The mess continues...more UNNEEDED rain for my Tuesday evening dance...after previous assurances it would be out of here by Tuesday!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | August 22, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Is that an 81 I see on Friday, under what I assume to be high pressure? If this is some sick joke to toy with us fall weather lovers, I will be upset.

Posted by: authorofpoetry | August 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse


Yep, the line filled in nicely, and connected southwestward with the downpour that came through your neck of the woods. That line was the front coming through, by the way. Shower chances dwindle from here on out into the evening.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | August 22, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

When cooler? Certainly not today; same ol' steamy August weather.

Actually, it looks like the long string of consecutive 80-degree-days could come to a end Tuesday and we can sing "Take care, my coolish heart."

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | August 22, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

Not one drop all day in the New Baltimore dome. Altho an impressive looking bunch of clouds whipped by around noon.

Posted by: weathergrrl | August 22, 2010 7:14 PM | Report abuse

"Cooler" is a relative adjective. The average high for late August is 85 degrees. The predicted highs for this week range from 87-89 degrees, making us still above average.

By "cooler" you mean only barely hotter than normal, as opposed to 10 degrees hotter than normal.

Posted by: AxelDC | August 22, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm going to be keeping a very close eye on TS Danielle. I'm heading to the OBX next weekend and I really hope she won't spoil our week at the beach.

Posted by: ana_b | August 23, 2010 12:04 AM | Report abuse

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