Forecast: Warm yet un-humid August weekend
Another heat wave looms for next week
updated at 4 p.m.; originally posted at 5 a.m.; editor's note: given the nice weather, PM Update has started its weekend early and will return Monday.
Today: Sunny, warm, breathable. Low-to-mid 80s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-50s to around 60. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Mid-to-upper 80s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Upper 80s to low 90s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
After cool morning starts, afternoon highs in the 80s today and tomorrow feel warm, but comfortably so with no humidity to speak of. Sunday could heat up to near or past 90, yet the air should stay pretty dry. Even better, at least as far as outdoor plans are concerned, rain shouldn't be a concern whatsoever through the weekend. The new work week brings with it a new heat wave, with highs probably well into the 90s Monday and Tuesday. All the more reason to enjoy the current weather to its fullest.
Today (Friday): Ahhh. Again it will be comfortable, like Thursday. Morning temperatures rising through the 60s and into the 70s feel great. Afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 80s are warm but still nice. Especially with the low humidity -- dew points in the refreshing 50s -- and sunny skies. My recommendation is to enjoy this highly tolerable August day. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clear skies, dry air and calm winds promote maximum cooling. Outside the Beltway may see mid-50s (low 50s in a couple of the typically coolest spots?). Downtown, the warmer concrete & asphalt keeps lows a few degrees higher -- around 60. Confidence: High
How "perfect" is today's weather? Vote your call for today's Daily Digit (see Daily Digit box above). And keep reading for the forecast into next week...
Tomorrow (Saturday): Just a bit warmer than Friday, yet we'll have continued low humidity levels. Mostly sunny skies push highs to the mid-to-upper 80s. A great day for anything outdoors. Just don't forget the sunscreen between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Thanks! (end PSA) Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: The evening should feel nice -- still not that sticky, if at all -- with temperatures dropping into the 70s. Overnight, lows reach the upper 50s to near 60 (suburbs) to the low 60s (downtown). Skies stay mostly clear, so no need to worry about rain or an umbrella. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday: Turning hot, but probably still tolerable, with highs in the upper 80s to low 90s. Yes, there may be a slight increase to the air's moisture level. But overall it's a relatively dry heat. High pressure keeps a lid on any rain chances. So as long as you stay hydrated, it's another nice day outside, albeit quite warm at the peak of afternoon heat. Sunday night lows in the 60s aren't bad, though maybe not quite cool enough to open the windows. Mehh. Confidence: Medium
Monday and Tuesday feature a probable return of higher heat and at least a little more in the way of humidity. Highs make a run at the mid-90s both days and high pressure continues to ward off any threat of rain. Will the higher heat mean worsening air quality? We'll keep you posted. Confidence: Medium
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