Forecast for the DC zone: hot and dry start to the week, but cooler and wetter trend

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A somewhat subjective rating of today’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

9/10: The warm afternoon sun is comforting.

  • Today: Waning clouds. Highs: 75 to 80.
  • This evening: Generally clear. Lows: 46 to 54.
  • Tomorrow: Partially sunny. Highs: 74 to 78.

The week is off to a fantastic start with partial sunshine and pleasantly warm temperatures. But it is cooler during the second half of the week with many chances of rain. The wettest period probably occurs between Friday afternoon and Saturday afternoon when the rain can be heavy.

Today (Monday): Few complaints about today. After an onset of patchy fog, skies become partly sunny, with highs of 75 to 80. Winds are light westerlies at around 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: medium-high

This evening: A pleasant evening gives way to a cool period during the night. Under mostly clear skies, lows range from 45 to 50 in our cooler areas, down to downtown in the low to mid 50s. Winds become mostly calm and we can’t rule out a few slicks of fog in the morning. Confidence: medium-high

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): A very pleasant second day in a row. The sky is partly sunny as light winds (5 to 10 mph) are coming in from the southeast. Highs are in the mid to high 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow evening: It will become mostly cloudy in the evening with a chance of showers and perhaps thunderstorms overnight. Lows range from 55 to 60 with light southeasterly breezes. Confidence: medium-high

it’s still a bit warm Wednesday before a cool front arrives later in the day, possibly triggering showers and thunderstorms. Highs are in the mid-to-high 70s. Any lingering showers on Wednesday evening diminish overnight, with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

We are between two weather systems on Thusday, which should turn out to be one of the nicest days of the week. Skies are partly sunny with highs near 70. Partly to mostly cloudy overnight with a chance of showers. Lows range from 50 to 55. Confidence: Medium-High

Periods of rain are likely Friday and Saturday and can be heavy at times, especially on Friday afternoons and nights. Clouds and rain hold highs at 65 to 70 on Friday and 60 to 65 on Saturday, with overnight lows in the 50s. It won’t rain all the time, but an inch of rain, maybe more, seems possible. The chance of rain is expected to decrease late Saturday and especially Saturday, with lows near 50. Confidence: Medium

We should have waning clouds and improving conditions over Sunday, with temperatures slightly below average. Highs should reach 65 to 70. Confidence: Medium

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