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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/13/2010

Forecast: A super sweet September week

By Jason Samenow

Shower chances spotty on Wed. and Fri.

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


A glorious day. Docking a point for some morning fog.
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Today: Patchy a.m. fog, then mostly sunny. 80-84. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 54-63. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and very pleasant. 79-83. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Like low 80s, sunshine and low humidity? If so, this is your week. With most days serving up these conditions, I suspect many Washingtonians will be smiling. After getting 0.67" of rain yesterday at Reagan National Airport, 0.83" at BWI and 0.46" at Dulles, rain chances this week are slim, with just a slight chance of showers early Wednesday and Friday. Have your sprinklers at the ready...

Today (Monday): A little moisture remaining from yesterday's rains may promote some patchy fog this morning. Otherwise, sky conditions are mostly sunny as high pressure drifts towards the region. Temperatures warm up into the low 80s - with pleasantly low humidity (dew points 50-55) and a breeze from the west at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It's a fine evening with mainly clear skies and comfortable temps. Lows reach the mid-50s in the cooler suburbs to the low 60s downtown. Winds are a light, from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): What a day! The sun shines in abundance with splendidly low humidity (dew points in the upper 40s). High temps in the low 80s are coupled with a pleasantly cool breeze from the west and northwest at 10-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Here's another first rate evening. Skies are clear and lows drop to around 60 downtown and as cool as 50 in the suburbs. Confidence: High


We may have a few more clouds Wednesday as a weak disturbance floats by, but shower chances are 20% or less. Despite the disturbance, we should still have sun at times -- with highs near 80. Clearing Wednesday night, with lows 52-60 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday's another beautiful day. High pressure situated to the north produces more sunny skies and a delightful breeze. Highs climb to around 80 with low humidity. Confidence: Medium-High

A weak front works through the region Thursday night into Friday. It could set off a shower, but not all that likely. In fact, I'm thinking we'll have a good deal of sunshine by Friday afternoon with highs reaching the low 80s. Clear skies return Friday night, with lows 50-60 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium

The week ends much like it began. Both Saturday and Sunday probably give us sunny skies, low humidity and afternoon highs in the low 80s (possibly cooling into the mid-to-upper 70s Sunday). Saturday night is pleasantly cool with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | September 13, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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How quickly we're spoiled! Can't we just admit we're in for a string of perfect days? I even like the fog.

Posted by: tws1372 | September 13, 2010 7:33 AM | Report abuse

A ten, we're basking in the glory of beating the Cowboys :-)

Posted by: jaybird926 | September 13, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

I'm surprised there hasn't been much commentary on Igor in awhile. I know it's not likely to have any impact on us, but Igor's really grown into an impressive storm. Flirting with Cat 5 winds is a lot, even if it's in the middle of the Atlantic!

Posted by: ElJocko | September 13, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

So it seems like you aren't predicting much rain for Friday. Will this hold true for Leesburg, VA? I'm getting married there with an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour from 4 to 7. What are the chances of getting rained out? THANKS!

Posted by: HillisHome | September 13, 2010 11:12 AM | Report abuse


We'll probably do a tropical update tomorrow. We tend not to focus so much on storms that are minimal threat to land -- though Igor may impact Bermuda.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | September 13, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

Chances are...we don't get hit directly by Hurricane Igor, except for those planning to spend the weekend in Bermuda. Igor will likely weaken but still could be either Category 2 or Category 3 approaching and passing near Bermuda. Igor is dangerously close to Category 5 at its current, too was Isabel in the same area a few years ago.

Next likely rain...around Friday, possibly late Thursday. Friday evening is a dance day for me, so is tomorrow evening, not threatened by bad weather,

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 13, 2010 11:14 AM | Report abuse

Pumpkin latte's, crisp morning walks, apple pie, Redskin games, pumpkin ale, leaves starting to change colors, jacket weather approaching...ahhh...CWG - keep this weather going for awhile, unless you want to make it even cooler. Just don't make it hotter. Please?

Posted by: authorofpoetry | September 13, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

On September 10, Eric654 wrote the classic Igor comment, i.e.,

"Raaains, raaaaains!"

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | September 13, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

authorofpoetry - leaves are changing already near you? Also, yes, temperatures look to stay "under control" in the medium term (under 90F) and I too wish it.. hope it.. gets cooler soon !

JerryFloyd1 - rains would be great, just not seeing much potential from tropical activity.. yet :)

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 13, 2010 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Thinking about taking a hiking/kayaking trip to Assateague next week (Sunday-Thursdayish). Should I be worried about Igor?

Posted by: cassander | September 13, 2010 1:12 PM | Report abuse

Over 40 counties in Va. applying 4 Fed. drought relief. Don't expect more than a few scattered showers this week.
Without any decent rains soon, the leaves will turn early with less color than usual. Poplars, scyamores, some maples & dogwoods already turning mostly yellow & brown.
If this winter is also dry we could b looking at some water shortages by next spring

Posted by: VaTechBob | September 13, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

At this point, impact chances for the East Coast are, at most, 20%. Confidence is low that far out though. Yet, as it stands now, in 5 days it will be near Bermuda. What appears more likely.. to plan on.. is a bit of raised surf, higher wave action, maybe some overwash within Chincoteague Bay there.

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 13, 2010 1:34 PM | Report abuse

Camden - Leaves aren't changing just yet, though the dogwood in front of my house is showing signs (it always begins the process sooner for some reason).

Posted by: authorofpoetry | September 13, 2010 1:36 PM | Report abuse

There was a drought in 1966, but on Sept. 15(?), we had a 4-inch-plus soaker and the result: the most brilliant fall I can ever remember hereabouts. But it's not going to happen this year, unless one of those tropical remnants gets up here v-e-r-y soon.

I'm still hoping for one more 90-degree day between now and Sept 21.

And then every pumpkin from Montgomery County, MD to Monongalia County, WV can get frosted.

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | September 13, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse


No. Don't think you need to worry too much about Igor. I'd keep an eye on its track, but right now it looks like it will remain out to sea.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | September 13, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

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