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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 08/13/2010

PM Update: Drying out for the weekend

By Ian Livingston

No 90s Sat and Sun, might return after

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No big storms, no big heat -- a good way to end the work week, even though we have some clouds and showers around today. Afternoon readings are ranging from the mid-70s to around 80, and for some this is the first time highs have been stuck in the 70s since early June. As we kick off the weekend, the shower threat should wind down this evening, leaving us with a fairly pleasant (especially compared to recently) couple of days ahead.

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: The risk of some showers continues into the early evening, but the threat will wane as the hours press on, so it should be mostly dry prior late-night activity time. Looking skyward on the last night of the Perseid meteor shower? Good luck, you're going to need it as skies remain rather cloudy. Temperatures slowly fall back through the 70s on their way to lows in the mid-60s for the suburbs to near 70 downtown.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Saturday looks pretty decent if you don't mind a few clouds. The day should be partly sunny overall, but I would not be shocked if we saw more clouds than not -- these marine air masses are often hard to dislodge. Temperatures should rise a bit higher than today, into the mid-80s most spots.

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By Ian Livingston  | August 13, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
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Wow, 1 little area of rain & it's falling in the Fredericksburg region. I've had a nice steady rain since 10 am, just the right kind of rain 2 help out the water table.

Posted by: VaTechBob | August 13, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

though it's not showing up on radar, there's another area that received almost constant rain from 10:00 until about 3:00: twin lakes golf course... i got totally soaked. there was practically no place on the course w/o "casual" water....

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 13, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

Had some persistent showers in the Blue Ridge Mtns today as well. Last night got about 7/8ths. And another 5/8ths today...

Was cool today... high of just 69... currently 67...

..if interested, my trailcam got a couple of good bobcat shots recently

Posted by: spgass1 | August 13, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

The bobcat shots are very cool.
What a strange August day. In Manassas at midday & again commuting home to Centreville it was: brief peeks of sun, sprinkles, hard drizzle, steady rain, then no precip but dark & heavy overcast, repeat.
At least I don't have to wrestle with the water cans & hose this only problem is what to do with too many green beans, and the mosquitoes.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | August 13, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

wow...that bobcat is beautiful... how close to your house? is s/he underweight?

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | August 13, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

A high of only 80 degrees today. What gives. Think I'll watch "Some Like It Hot" tonight.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | August 13, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Walter. I'm not a wildlife biologist or anything... but it does look less stocky than another one I've seen. I think it may just be relatively young. The camera that got the picture is only about 50 feet or so from the house.

Posted by: spgass1 | August 13, 2010 7:30 PM | Report abuse

What a nice evening. Hanging out at the sculpture garden enjoying some jazz and beer. A little blue sky even broke through. Whatever brought this in I'll take some more.

Posted by: marathoner | August 13, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Cool and damp here. Around sunset, two female deer and two (bigger) fawns, still with spots, browsing under our ancient apple tree for fruit downed in the recent storms. We really could have used more rain, found no more than a tenth in the gauge. We keep getting cheated by the big movers ...

Posted by: weathergrrl | August 13, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

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