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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 09/13/2010

PM Update: Beautiful now and more to come

By Ian Livingston

Cool nights and warm days the main story this week

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Today was about as good as it gets. After a bit of morning fog, we've seen crystal clear skies and temperatures rising into the low-and-mid 80s. If you want more, you've got it tomorrow and beyond as this pattern seems to want to set up shop for a while. It won't be long 'til the trees start getting colorful!

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Through Tonight: We're looking at a beautiful rest of the afternoon and evening with temperatures falling through the 70s. A weak cold front moving through overnight may temporarily bring a few clouds, but the main impact should be a wind shift to the northwest. Lows drop to the mid-50s in the coolest locations to the lower 60s downtown.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): This will be another clear and delightful day -- too bad it's a Tuesday! Humidity levels that were not terribly high today will drop even further behind the cold front, and a wind from the northwest may be gusty at times. Highs rise to near 80 or into the lower 80s most spots.

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Tropics: Hurricane Igor became a Category 4 storm yesterday in the central Atlantic and currently has sustained winds of 150 mph. Igor is the strongest storm in the Atlantic in three years. The storm is just shy of becoming a Category 5 (156 mph+) system and it is still possible it will do so in the coming period, though the official forecast keeps it just below that level. See an amazing satellite loop from today and more about the storm from Weather Underground's Jeff Masters.

By Ian Livingston  | September 13, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
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Anyone have outdoor dining plans for this pleasant evening?

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 13, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Outdoor dining plans?
Not with all these mosquitoes. DEET isn't a very appetizing scent.

Posted by: FIREDRAGON47 | September 13, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the great satellite loop of Igor. I especially like the definition in the clouds during early morning and late afternoon. One can actually see the depth (height) of the eye clouds. So cool!

Cooked a nice 1 1/2" pork chop on the grill, accompanied by a baked potato and a salad of grilled green beans with a dressing of dijon mustard mixed with oil and lemon juice and chopped red onion. No mosquitoes and perfect weather. Mm Mm good!

Posted by: pjdunn1 | September 13, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

I was hoping to watch the U.S. Open Men's Finals on the tube and we got deep into the second set. But then it started raining racquets and tennis balls in NYC and now there's a long delay. Hey, NYC, send some of that rain our way!

Posted by: JerryFloyd1 | September 13, 2010 6:53 PM | Report abuse

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