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7-DAY OUTLOOK: August Chill?

Josh Larson @ 11:31 AM

upper air map Welcome news for those of you (like me) who are just plain sick of the recent hot and muggy weather. While we don't have too much to complain about - it is summer in DC, after all - and temperatures were slightly below normal in July, by Thursday into the weekend we will have a delightful string of sunny, dry days, with temperatures and humidity levels more typical of late September than early August!

The reason? A strong cold front will push through the Midwest and Northeast Wednesday and, aloft, a significant trough will establish itself, allowing unseasonably comfortable air to filter into the area from the north.

Temperatures will be hot once again on Wednesday, with highs approaching 90 degrees, and a slight chance for an afternoon thunderstorm. A better chance for thunderstorms Wednesday night into Thursday. Temperatures on Thursday will be cooler, with highs in the low to mid 80's.

Thursday night into Sunday, strong high pressure will build into the region. Expect very comfortable (low) humidity levels, with abundant sunshine and high temperatures only in the mid to upper 70s, with lows in the mid 50's in the suburbs to near 60 degrees downtown. There are some suggestions that the typically cooler spots - in the north and west suburbs - may see low temperatures as low as the low 50s Friday or Saturday night.

Keep in mind that the average high/low for this period is a muggy 87/64. It appears that generally pleasant weather, with mostly sunny skies, and continued below-normal temperatures will linger through the end of next week. Though by that time temperatures likely will creep up to the mid 80's for highs. Still, weather over the next week will be a gift by any measure, with this weekend being especially nice.

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