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Clouds and drizzle to start with some sun gradually mixing in

August 4, 2011 - 10:23 AM
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After 16 straight days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees we finally broke the heat wave. Today's forecast has temperatures in the 80s and with a bit of rain.

Thursday: Spotty Drizzle Early; Then Clouds Mixing With Some Sun

Highs: 80s | Wind: NNE 5-10

Overnight: Partly To Mostly Cloudy

Lows: Around 70 | Wind: E 5-10

Friday: Periods of Sun & Clouds; PM Storms Possible (40%)

Highs: Upper 80s | Wind: SE 5-10

After 16 straight days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees we finally broke the heat wave with an official daytime high of 87 degrees yesterday at Reagan National.

An area of low pressure will slowly exit to the east this morning and with time we should see overcast skies brighten and mix with some sunshine. The big question mark with the forecast today will be temperatures. Whether we make it into the mid-80s or upper 80s is dependent on exactly how quickly the clearing takes place. If the sunshine can mix in earlier in the day then we will be warmer however if the clouds are stubborn to depart then cool highs can be expected. Additionally, we may a have a few pockets of drizzle to deal with spots and I also can’t rule out an isolated instability shower this afternoon/evening.

High pressure, partly sunny skies and humid conditions will prevail tomorrow to round out the week.

The next frontal boundary will head our way over the weekend producing a fair amount of cloudiness and about a 40% chance of rain each day. I prefer to get another round or two of weather guidance under my belt before I get into my thoughts and exact details as the exact timing of this feature remains uncertain at this time. So check back with me tomorrow for my update.

~ Have a good day!

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