As you may have heard, Friday's showers and storms snapped Reagan National's record-breaking rainless streak at 34 days. With no rain over the weekend, a new streak has begun, but could end much more quickly than the last thanks to shower chances tomorrow. A different kind of streak is likely to continue through at least tomorrow, when National's high is expected above normal for the 33rd day in a row.
TodayThis is October?
Courtesy of southerly flow, temperatures will warm to balmy highs in the range of 82-86 with low humidity. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny with a breeze from the south near 10 mph. Tonight, becoming partly to mostly cloudy ahead of an approaching cold front. Lows from near 60 in the burbs to the mid 60s downtown.
The Upcoming Week at a Glance
Warmest Day: Today, 82-86.
Coolest Days: Wednesday and Sunday, 60s.
Best Chance of Rain: Tomorrow.
Dry Days: Today, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday.
The Week's Wild Cards: How warm will it get today? Will tomorrow's showers make a dent in the drought? More showers on Saturday?
Average High/Low: 66-64/47-45
TuesdayMostly cloudy ... showers likely.
Look for a mostly cloudy and breezy day as a cold front closes in from the west. The clouds should keep high temperatures to the low-to-mid 70s -- though that's still about 5-10 degrees above the seasonal average -- and dewpoints in the 60s will feel kinda muggy. A line of showers and possibly thunderstorms (along the cold front) is likely to come through during the midday into evening. Precipitation amounts look to be in the range of .25"-.75". Overnight, a chance of showers early, then clearing skies and decreasing humidity with lows in the low 50s in town, mid 40s in the burbs.
WednesdayBreezy, cooler, drier.
Behind the cold front, gusty winds out of the northwest bring in cooler and drier air. Skies should be sunny with highs in the mid-to-upper 60s. Overnight, clear and cool with an eventually diminishing wind and lows in the mid-to-upper 40s in town, low 40s in the burbs.
ThursdayFeelin' more like fall.
All signs point to a spectacular day. With the center of high pressure parked nearby, light winds and low dewpoints together with abundant sunshine should allow crisp morning lows in the 40s to climb to afternoon highs in the upper 60s to near 70. Overnight, mostly clear with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s in town, low 40s in the burbs.Pictured: The moon, photographed Saturday evening via telescope from Stafford, Va. By CapitalWeather.com visitor David Abbou.
FridayPartly to mostly sunny, warmer.
The flow should turn more southerly as high pressure shifts to the east, resulting in a partly to mostly sunny and warmer day with highs in the 70s. Overnight, increasing clouds and a chance of showers enters the picture as a cold front approaches. Lows should range from the upper 40s in the burbs to the mid 50s in town.
The WeekendSaturday: potentially unsettled ... Sunday: sunny, breezy.
A cold front in the vicinity could mean considerable clouds and a chance of showers on Saturday with highs in the mid 60s to near 70. But as of now, it looks like the front may be on its way out of here by late Friday, with breezy and clearing conditions moving in behind it for late Saturday and Sunday. The early outlook for Sunday is sunny and breezy with highs in the 60s.