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The Week Ahead: Drying out and Heating up
Slight chance of showers today

Jason Samenow @ 8:40 AM

Today may present our last chance of rain for a while, as a very dry pattern sets in starting tomorrow. And as it dries out, the heat will build. Beginning Wednesday, we should begin a long stretch of days with highs in the 90s and little chance of rain.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighCloudy, chance of a few showers and storms. A stalled out front just to our south will very slowly move away from the area. In the vicinity of the front, it will be kind of soupy (like yesterday) with high humidity, considerable cloud cover and a few showers/storms developing. Some of the showers and storms could produce locally heavy rain -- but not everyone will get in on the action. Like yesterday, some places will get doused while others get next to nothing. Given the front's location, the best chance of rain today is south and east of DC. High temperatures should be in the mid 80s.

Overnight, expect gradual clearing, with lows 68-73 (suburbs-city).

The Upcoming Week at a Glance

Warmest Day: Saturday, 95.
Coolest Day: Today, 86.
Rain Chances: Today (35%)
Dry Days: Tuesday-Sunday.
The Week's Wild Cards: Will your particular location receive appreciable rainfall today? How hot will it get late in the week? Will a cold front to the northwest get close enough by the weekend to give us a chance of a late day thunderstorm?
Climatological Average High/Low: 88/71

Pictured: Crespuscular rays emerge through the trees in Oakton, VA Saturday. By photographer Kevin Ambrose. Click to enlarge.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighPartly sunny, seasonably warm. Behind the cold front, it won't be much cooler (given an increase in sunshine) but you should notice a gradual drop off in the humidity levels. High temperatures should be in the upper 80s. Overnight, expect mostly clear skies, with lows 64-69 (suburbs-city).


Forecast Confidence: HighMostly sunny, hot. High pressure will be parked over the region through at least Friday. As a result, we should have abundant sunshine and it will heat up. Highs should be in the low 90s on Wednesday, low-to-mid 90s on Thursday, and mid 90s on Friday. The humidity will be noticeable but not as high as it has been in recent days. Overnight low temperatures should be in the upper 60s to lows 70s (suburbs-city) under mostly clear skies.

The Weekend

Forecast Confidence: medium-highHot. As of now, it looks like we'll continue to be under the influence of a ridge of high pressure keeping it nice and toasty through the weekend. A cold front may try to approach from the northwest late Friday into early Saturday, but probably won't get much further south than northwest Pennsylvania. High temperatures should reach the mid 90s with overnight lows 70-75 (suburbs-city). Afternoon thunderstorm chances won't rise above 20% unless said front forces its way a bit further south than forecast now.

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