From the ABC 7 Weather team

Unsettled weather today but looking pleasant later this week

August 9, 2011 - 08:41 AM
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While we're not talking a washout today, showers & storms will be possible at times. So carry the umbrella to be safe.

Tuesday: Partly Sunny; Scattered Showers & Storms; Some Heavy (50%)

Highs: Around 90 | Wind: SSW 5-10

Overnight: An Evening Thunderstorm; Otherwise Partly Cloudy

Lows: Upper 60s – Low 70s | Wind: WNW 5-10

Wednesday: Partly Sunny & Breezy; Stray T-Shower Poss. (<20%)

Highs: Around 90 | Wind: W 10-15 Gusts 25+

The first of two fronts will push through the region today producing scattered showers and storms at times. While the threat of severe weather is quiet low it should be noted that any showers or storms that develop could produce heavy localized rain. After taking a look at the current radar trends and comparing them to our weather guidance it appears that the timing of this front and its passage may be a bit earlier than previously thought. Temperatures are also a bit of a tricky call given that cloud cover has already moved into at least 80% of the region with showers falling along the mountains to the west. Taking this into account I feel that some locations may only make it into the upper 80s west of town however across Southern Maryland and the Northern Neck may be able to make it into the low 90s. My last thought is that some of the stronger cells, should they develop, would likely be in that warmer area later today.

The second front will push through tomorrow and may have just enough moisture and instability to work with to produce a few isolated or stray storms, mainly north and west. Otherwise in the wake of this front expect a noticeable drop off in the humidity and an increase in comfort.

The next storm system will impact the region sometime late Saturday into Sunday and will bring our next chance of rain and an increase in humidity. Temperatures look to remain at or slightly below the average high of 87 degrees into early next week.

~ Have a good day!

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