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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 09/18/2010

Forecast: More wonderful weekend weather

By Jason Samenow

Heating up middle of next week

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updated at 9:30 a.m.

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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 

Two consecutive perfect Saturdays. We could get used to this...
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, pleasant. Near 80. | Tonight: Clear and comfortable. 50-60. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, warm. 84-88 | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

It may seem like we're getting spoiled by all of the nice days lately, but it shouldn't come as a great surprise. In mid-to-late September, just like in mid-to-late May, the average temperature is from 75-80 so the dice are loaded for beautiful conditions. Despite a modestly warmer than average Sunday, it remains pretty nice through Tuesday - with low humidity and cool nights. There are some indications, however, that the second half of next week might turn hot, with some more 90+ days returning.

Today (Saturday): We wake up to 50s and 60s and beautiful blue skies. As the sun goes to work, we reach around 80 during the afternoon. There's little in the way of wind - with just a light breeze from the north around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Oh what a night: under clear skies, temps gradually fall through the 70s and at least part way through the 60s by midnight. Downtown early morning lows are right around 60, with 50s in the suburbs. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): With a wind coming in from the south and southwest, temps take a ride well up into the 80s despite a bit of cloud cover in the afternoon. Our nice day designation may be a little generous as some spots could reach the upper 80s (technically, our ceiling on a "nice day" is 85). But the humidity won't be bad (dew points 55-60) and I don't see any rain falling from the cold approaching late. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: A few evening clouds gradually dissipate and winds become from the north and northwest behind the passage of a weak cold front. Lows range from 59-66 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Both Monday and Tuesday should be excellent days with sunny skies, low humidity and highs near 80. Overnight lows are mostly in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

It warms up considerably Wednesday through Friday, with temps well into the 80s and quite possibly into the 90s for highs. 2010 may have one more heat wave left to give, stay tuned... Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | September 18, 2010; 9:30 AM ET
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Comments

11 - RUSH plays here tonight!!

Posted by: jaybird926 | September 18, 2010 5:44 AM | Report abuse

RUSH Weather Songs

By-Tor and the Snow Dog

Jacob’s Ladder

Force Ten

High Water

Chain Lighting

Red Tide

Available Light

Between Sun and Moon

Time and Motion

Ceiling Unlimited

Earthshine

Vapor Trail

Spindrift

The Way the Wind Blows

Posted by: jaybird926 | September 18, 2010 6:03 AM | Report abuse

RUSH obviously has a big fan in jaybird926.....enjoy the show.

I see not a drop of rain in next week's forecast.....and we are overdue for a serious drenching.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | September 18, 2010 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Overnight low 49.5 in the mtns east of Front Royal. Currently 53.1.

Enjoy the day!

Posted by: spgass1 | September 18, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

So nice out there today! But a little cool in the house this morning with the windows open...

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | September 18, 2010 10:07 AM | Report abuse

agreed it was chilly.. thrilling though! Only the second time I've had sub-60 temperatures downtown.. inside got down to 72 I think!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 18, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

What's the 90 degree day count? Is it still at 62? Looks like the hot weather will arrive next week after the cutoff date of 9/21.

Posted by: FH59312 | September 18, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

FIREDRAGON47, let's keep the "serious drenching" outta here!!!...though a light to moderate soaking rain without a lot of wind or flooding during the next month or so would undoubtedly be good for trees and lawns around the area. Problem is that we either seem to get floods or famine whenever we get rainfall these days...a "normal" mid-latitude rain event seems to be a rarity nowadays. Problem is, when it finally arrives it will probably be the biggest dance night of the season.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 18, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

These last few days have been great - though we are still a bit on the warm side for my personal preferences (I like 60s and 70s more than 80s). I think we may keep seeing the heat waves though.

The rapidly developing La Nina does not bode well for those who like cool fall weather. I expect we will regularly see low and mid 80s for highs well into October this year.

Posted by: jahutch | September 18, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

@FH59312

we're at 63 90+ days.

Posted by: Jason-CapitalWeatherGang | September 18, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

Great - that was my prediction for the contest. 63 days of 90+ degrees by Sept. 21st.

Posted by: FH59312 | September 18, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

What's the 90 degree day count? Is it still at 62? Looks like the hot weather will arrive next week after the cutoff date of 9/21.

Posted by: FH59312 | September 18, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Great - that was my prediction for the contest. 63 days of 90+ degrees by September 21st.

Posted by: FH59312 | September 18, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

@FH59312, I also guessed 63, but w/ Wednesday's predicted high of 90, some of us may be singing, "Will you still love me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64".

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | September 18, 2010 6:03 PM | Report abuse

What's the 90 degree day count? Is it still at 62? Looks like the hot weather will arrive next week after the cutoff date of 9/21.

The record of 67 days is for the entire year, is it not?

Posted by: Axel2 | September 18, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

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