Fall "officially" began yesterday morning, but summer is having a hard time letting go judging by the persistence of 80-degree warmth. 80s and even 90s will be with us much of the week until a cold front ushers in 70s by Friday and the weekend. Rain is going to remain hard to come by, except for a possible bout of showers Thursday night into early Friday.
TodaySunshine galore -- warm.
High pressure overhead means little or no cloud cover, little or no wind and seasonably warm temperatures. After a cool start (some 40s in the suburbs), afternoon temperatures should reach the low to mid 80s. Overnight, clear and not as cool, with lows 55-60.
The Upcoming Week at a GlanceWarmest Day:
Wednesday, 91.Coolest Day:
Saturday, 74.Rain Chances:
Thursday night into Friday morningDry Days:
Every day except Thurs PM into Friday AM.The Week's Wild Cards:
How warm will it get Wednesday? How much rain will accompany the cold front Thursday night into Friday morning? How much cooler will it be over the weekend?Average High/Low:
77-74/59-57Pictured: Trees going 'brown' across from the Chinese embassy on Connecticut Avenue on Saturday due to the dry conditions. By CapitalWeather.com photographer Ian Livingston.
TuesdayMostly sunny, quite warm.
High pressure will move offshore giving us southerly flow and summery temperatures. Look for just a few clouds and afternoon high temperatures in the upper 80s. You may also notice a touch of humidity. Overnight, it will be mainly clear and mild, with lows 60-65.
WednesdayHot and humid.
Wednesday may present 2007 with yet another 90-degree day. Late September will feel more like late July with highs 88-92 and heat indices 90-95. Overnight, it should be partly cloudy and muggy, with lows 62-67 (suburbs-city).Pictured: A beautiful afternoon in NW DC on Connecticut Avenue bridge south of Woodley Park Saturday. By CapitalWeather.com photographer Ian Livingston.
ThursdayPartly cloudy, warm and humid.
Expect one more day of warm and muggy air as we await the arrival of a fall cold front at night. High temperatures should reach the mid to upper 80s with a slight chance (20%) of an evening shower or thunderstorm. Overnight, it should be mostly cloudy with a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms. Unfortunately, this front doesn't look to bring drought busting rain. Low temperatures should be around 60.
FridayGradual clearing, windy and cooler.
The day should start off cloudy with a few lingering showers, particularly east of town. By afternoon, the sun should be out in most places and it will become windy and noticeably less warm and humid. High temperatures are likely to be in the mid to upper 70s. Diminishing winds and cool Friday night, with lows 49-55 (suburbs-city).
The WeekendSunny and cooler.
Cool high pressure should build into the region with mostly sunny skies and seasonably cool temperatures both days. Highs temperatures should be in the mid 70s with lows from the upper 40s in the suburbs to the mid 50s in the city.