From the ABC 7 Weather team

Scattered showers and possible severe storms today

August 3, 2011 - 08:22 AM
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It's a good idea to grab the umbrella before you head out today with morning showers and afternoon storms a part of the forecast today.

Wednesday: Variable Cloudiness; Showers & Storms At Times; Some May Be Severe

Highs: Upper 80s To Low 90s | Wind: S 5-10

Overnight: Few Evening T-Showers; Otherwise Mostly Cloudy

Lows: Upper 60s To Mid-70s | Wind: N 5-10

Thursday: Clouds Mix With Some Sun; More Humid

Highs: Upper 80s | Wind: NNE 5-10+

Yesterday we managed to reach 98 degrees officially at Reagan National Airport which is a full 10 degrees above where we should be for early August. That makes the 16th consecutive day where we reached 90 degrees or greater.

Now for the good news. Beginning today our temperatures will drop back closer to or just above the average high of 88 degrees and we will even get a good shot at some of that much needed rainfall. Today will be a changeable day weather-wise with showers and even on or two storms pushing through before a lull around mid-day. During this lull we should be able to mix in some sunshine for a brief period before more showers and storms develop this afternoon in response to an area of low pressure and its associated frontal boundary.The Storm Prediction Center does have the entire region under a slight risk of severe weather today with the main threats being possible damaging winds and hail.

A few showers or storms may linger into the evening and early overnight but will gradually diminish leaving mostly cloudy skies overhead.

Thursday will likely begin with mostly cloudy skies however some sunshine is expected to try to mix in especially during the afternoon and evening hours. Friday high pressure will remain in control of our weather proving partly sunny and humid conditions with highs in the upper 80s.

The weekend forecast, while certainly subject to changes as we get closer, looks partly sunny and hot Saturday with a 30% chance of PM showers or storms. A frontal boundary will impact the region by Sunday and into early next week keeping rain chances and unsettled weather in the forecast.

~ Have a good day!

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