From the ABC 7 Weather team

Sunny & hot for the weekend, but no more torrential rains

July 9, 2011 - 11:30 AM
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While still humid, the weekend won't be as oppressive or dramatic as Friday was.  In fact, you can leave the umbrella at home! 

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny & Hot, Less Humid

Highs: 87-90 | Wind: N 5-10

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Mild

Lows: 66-72 | Wind: NE 5-10

Sunday: Sunny & Hot, Moderate Humidity

Highs: 88-92 | Wind: SE 5-10

After yesterday's torrential rains and flash flooding, the weekend looks to be far less dramatic. Friday's late afternoon storms dropped 0.60 inches of rain at Reagan National, 0.83 inches at BWI Marshall, and 1.27 inches at Dulles.  Even more rain fell to areas north and east of D.C. with numerous flash floods reported in Frederick, Annapolis, Upper Marlboro, and Baltimore City. In the wake of the front associated with that heavy rain, skies have become mostly sunny and winds have shifted to the north.  With abundant moisture still in the air, today will be somewhat less humid and not be nearly as oppressive as yesterday when dewpoints were in the 70s; dew points have dropped into the mid 60s here while the really comfortable air is just north of the Pennsylvania line. Look for high temperatures both today and tomorrow to be in the upper 80s to low 90s.

Both Monday and Tuesday are expected to be hotter and more humid than the weekend with highs in the low 90s and higher humidity. But a front late on Tuesday could fire off thunderstorms and return high pressure to the area for the remainder of the week.  In fact, starting Wednesday daytime highs should hover in the mid 80s with lots of sunshine each day. It'll be a welcome break from the recent scourge of the 90s! Enjoy your Saturday.   

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