DC Area Weather Forecast: Bearable heat today, with a chance of downpours Friday

Today’s Daily Figure

A somewhat subjective assessment of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

3/10: Less heat brings short-term relief, but is still warm enough to cause some sadness.

Fast prediction

  • Today: Clearings, light breeze, less humid. Highs: 86 to 92.
  • This evening: Increasing cloudiness, showers possible in the late evening. Lows: 67 to 73.
  • Tomorrow: Occasional showers/thunderstorms, more humid. Highs: 77 to 83.

Detailed forecast

The worst of the heat and humidity will be swept out to sea, giving us a decent summer day. Showers and storms will move inland tomorrow through Saturday, giving some a much-needed soaking day. Unfortunately, once the rain has cleared, the heat will pick up again on Sunday until early next week.

Today (Thursday): Last night’s storms will be long gone by sunrise. Clouds may linger early, but will largely diminish to just a few puffballs by midday. Highs will be in the more seasonal upper 80s to lower 90s. More importantly, humidity won’t be as high, with dew points in the mid 60s, compared to yesterday’s mid 70s. Winds will be minimal. Confidence: High

This evening: Showers and storms will begin to creep inland from the Atlantic Ocean from east to west across the area. A few could reach the area just before sunrise. Lows will drop into the upper 60s to lower 70s and winds will be mostly calm. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow Friday): Occasional showers and storms are likely to move unusually from southeast to northwest. There’s plenty of tropical moisture, so there’s a chance some areas — especially along and east of Interstate 95 — could get more than an inch of rain; but amounts farther west could drop significantly. All that rain and cloud should give us a real break from the heat, with highs in the low 70s to low 80s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow evening: Scattered showers and a few storms will linger through the night with lows again in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Showers and isolated thunderstorms are expected to become more limited as Saturday progresses. Rain chances are generally higher in our eastern areas. The heat is definitely knocking on the door as it starts to flow back into the area from the west. Highs will climb into the upper 80s to lower 90s with moderately high humidity. Nighttime lows will be in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Confidence: Average

The heat is increasing steadily with maximums Sunday in the low to mid 90s, and Monday in the mid to high 90s. Dew points will be in the 70s, making it feel even hotter. With this much heat, an isolated storm or two could pop up late in the afternoon/evening of both days. Lows will be in the 70s. Confidence: Average

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