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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/ 3/2010

PM Update: Clouds and shower threat hang tough

By Ian Livingston

Higher heat return on the doorstep?

* Hot weather records falling left and right | A classic D.C. photo *
* Outside now? Radar, lightning, temps & more: Weather Wall *

After a summer full of high heat, we've had some trouble getting back into it recently. Clouds have stuck around the area again today and they've helped hold temperatures back in the mid-80s most spots. A few light sprinkles and showers have also been noted from time to time. The heat may be delayed, but as the next few days progress we should see it won't be denied.

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.

Through Tonight: A light shower or two is possible into the early evening, before the risk for showers becomes a bit greater overnight. There could be a thunderstorm or two around as well, though the highest risk for such appears to be to our north. Lows reach the low-and-mid 70s.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Our longest streak (now 4 days, tied) of below-90s weather of the summer should end tomorrow. Partly sunny skies mix with warmer air from the west to push highs toward the lower 90s most locations. There will be a risk of afternoon and evening showers or storms as well.

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Space weather: It appears the sun is awakening from its recent slumber. An eruption this weekend is slated to impact Earth beginning late tonight and early tomorrow. While scientists fear a major coronal eruption could impact satellites and electrical services, this one is not expected to. However, Aurora may be visible well south of its typical locations.

By Ian Livingston  | August 3, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Thanks for the link to with the nice little video.
Seeing an aurora is on the bucket list.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 3, 2010 6:49 PM | Report abuse

The Aurora is pretty cool, I saw it twice in Connecticut. But even that's pretty far south. I'm not sure what it would take to get it into this area or if it ever has happened.

On another note, the GFS is looking really hot next week.. 100s?

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | August 3, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

no no no! no more triple digits ;) Not only will I go back into summer hibernation, but I will break my promise to friends when I said we "might hit 99 again, but not 100" ack!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | August 3, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

August is usually brutal.
I didn't think this year would be any different.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 3, 2010 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Heavy rain with some thunder and lightning (but little wind) just started here in Gaithersburg.

Posted by: hawknt | August 4, 2010 3:08 AM | Report abuse

Some lightning, not too close, waking me up. Moderate rain suddenly now heavy rain. Southeast Silver Spring

Posted by: Murre | August 4, 2010 4:04 AM | Report abuse

The aurora has reached this far south, although it is very rare. In fact, it is well documented to have happened during the Civil War after the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Posted by: steven09 | August 4, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

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