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DC area forecast: Summer heat fuels showers and storms over the weekend

A somewhat subjective rating of the time of day, on a scale of 0 to 10.

5/10: The heat and the storms are here; low risk that they could be serious.

  • Today: Chances of showers and storms early and late in the day. Highs: 80 to 86.
  • Tonight: The rains decrease but the clouds persist. Minimums: 60 to 66.
  • Tomorrow: Partly sunny, isolated rain or thunderstorm possible. Highs: 80 to 86.

For warm weather lovers, you’re set between now and the holiday weekend as highs each day should reach at least the upper 70s. For outdoor lovers, you will have to cleverly dodge downpours and storms. Right now, the driest days look to be Friday and possibly Sunday, but stay tuned for updates as the timing of showers and storms is still uncertain.

Today (Thursday): The cold front responsible for the last two days of severe weather in the central states arrives on our doorstep today. This is likely to trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms; some are possible in the morning with a more extended round towards the afternoon. An isolated severe thunderstorm capable of producing strong winds and hail is possible. Winds are minimal except during storms. Highs are mainly in the low to mid 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Scattered showers and storms may continue for a while overnight, but should taper off around midnight. Many areas could see between a half inch and an inch of rain. The clouds will make it difficult to see the full moon “Flor”. Winds are mainly calm, with lows between 60 and 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Confidence: Medium-High

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Friday morning): Clouds dissipate in the morning for a fairly sunny day overall. The cold front that passed through last night will not be very strong, allowing highs to reach the lows of 80 degrees again. Dew points that hover around 60 degrees offer a lingering touch of humidity. While isolated rain or storms cannot be ruled out, most areas remain dry. Northwest breezes are minimal. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds are scattered and chances of rain are low. Lows fall into the mid to upper 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Next wave of rain and storms likely to arrive later Saturday, which could make afternoon activities difficult. Hopefully there will be some breaks, but also make plans for the interior. Highs reach the upper 70s to lower 80s and overnight lows are low to mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday from morning to mid-afternoon should be safe for outdoor plans, fingers crossed. Storms hitting the Midwest could arrive later in the day, when things could get noisy. Highs should reach lows into the mid 80s. Overnight lows are low again into the mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

Midwest cold front moves toward area Memorial Day (Monday) and this is likely to encourage another increase in shower and thunderstorm activity, especially in the afternoon and evening. Highs are mainly in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Confidence: Medium

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