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Summertime Weather for Unofficial Start of Summer
Warm with PM t'storm threat through Memorial Day

Jason Samenow @ 12:00 AM

While the calendar says three more weeks until summer, many (myself included) define the season as spanning Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day. Mother Nature will play along with this definition by giving us warm, muggy days along with a chance of scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms -- all in keeping with the summer season.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly sunny, a few PM storms. We should have considerable sunshine to start the day. By mid to late afternoon, we'll have some increase in clouds and some showers and thunderstorms are likely to develop -- especially to the west and north west (near a frontal boundary). In the immediate metro area, storm chances are around 30%. High temperatures should range from 85-90 with light westerly winds and a touch of humidity. Overnight, it will be partly cloudy and mild, with lows 65-70 (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighWarm, chance of PM storms. Sunday will probably be very similar today. Most of the day will be partly sunny, warm and a bit humid, with highs in mid to upper 80s. Winds should be southwesterly at about 10mph (outside any thunderstorms). Late afternoon and evening thunderstorms are again possible (40% chance) -- which could produce some gusty winds and heavy rains.

Overnight, expect partly cloudy skies, and lows 65-70 (suburbs-city).

Pictured: Clear skies at the Washington Monument on Wednesday. By photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Memorial Day

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighStill warm, afternoon storm threat. The first half of the day should be dry and warm. But as a cold front approaches in the afternoon, the thunderstorm threat returns. High temperatures should reach the low 80s. Thunderstorm chances are around 40% and likely to be most numerous and intense to the east, later in the afternoon.

The Beaches this Weekend

If you're headed to the eastern shore of Virginia, Maryland or Delaware this holiday weekend, high temperatures should be around 80 degrees all three days. On Saturday, look for partly sunny skies, with little chance of rain. On Sunday, an isolated late day thunderstorm is possible -- with otherwise partly sunny skies. The best chance of storms comes Memorial Day afternoon (50% chance). If you're considering jumping into the ocean, water temperatures are quite chilly, right around 60 degrees.

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