Forecast: Summery today, a little p.m. rain
Gorgeous weekend ahead
updated at 11:55 p.m.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
By David Streit, CWG Meteorologist
The shower event coming through later today into tonight does not have the tropical moisture that Sunday's weather system did so rain amounts are unlikely to do better than a quarter inch. Don't put away that watering can! Despite the pleasant temperatures today through at least Monday, we are still running above normal temperature-wise (normal high at National is now 79). Hurricane Igor looks like it follows all of the previous Atlantic storms and stays well offshore on Sunday with only some high waves and rip tides at the beach to show for it.
Today (Thursday): The morning is still bright but the approaching front from the Midwest should spread increasing clouds across the area by afternoon with showers becoming possible once we get to about or past 4 p.m. Highs still manage to peak in the mid-to-upper 80s in this amazingly warm year. Winds pick up from the south at 10 to 15 mph and help to pull in a little humidity (dew points up to near 60). Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Shower chances continue into the evening, so umbrellas are a good idea. Due to the warmth, thundershowers are a possibility. Coverage from these showers is expected to be about 60% of the area and amounts will be light. Readings in the 80s quickly fall to the 70s when the showers move through. Overnight lows only fall to the mid-to-upper 60s as clouds are slow to clear out. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
Tomorrow (Friday): A few clouds are likely to linger in the morning but drier air moves in on brisk breezes from the west. Temperatures are on a slower climb today and peak in the low-to-mid 80s. Expect a brilliant sunset. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: The drier air really takes hold in the evening and temperatures quickly fall through the 70s; 60s for the late night crowd. Winds calm which keeps the chill minor. Look for overnight lows in the 50s. Confidence: High
Saturday wins the beauty contest with non stop sunshine, low humidity and only a breath of wind. Highs still make it to the upper 70s to lower 80s under the strong late summer sun. Evening remains mild with 70s dominant. Confidence: Medium-High
Sunday temperatures are still delightful starting out near 60 (50s in the cooler suburbs) and ending up near 80. A few clouds are likely to zip by in the afternoon from a weak upper air disturbance. Showers might have been possible with this system but Hurricane Igor offshore should actually dissipate the system and keep us dry. Evening temps hold in the 70s despite the earlier sunset (7:10 pm), partly due to the upturn in breezes from the north in the wake of Igor. Confidence: Medium
Monday is a fine day with readings in the upper 50s to lower 60s to start the work week. Sunny skies should be unabated. Highs only in the upper 70s to lower 80s make a lunch break a really good idea. Confidence: Medium-High
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