From the ABC 7 Weather team

Not perfect, but the best weekend prospects in three weeks

September 10, 2011 - 11:46 AM
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After a week of torrential rain, we'll get a break this weekend.  Yes, there is a slight chance of showers, but make way for the sunshine!

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, A Bit Humid,

Highs: 79-84 | Precipitation: 10%

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Chance of a Shower

Lows: 62-69 | Wind: NW 5

Sunday: Partly Sunny, Warm, Scattered T-Storms

Highs: 81-86 | Wind: N/SW 5

Despite some areas of dense fog early on, it has been a very pleasant start to what should be reasonably comfortable weekend.  With the low pressure center associated with Tropical Storm Lee now in retreat, northerly breezes and some welcome sunshine will help to make for a far more attractive day than any of the past week. If we make it through today with no rain - a good possibility - it will be only the second dry day this month; September 4th recorded no precipitation. Temperatures through the weekend should be very close to the seasonal norms - 82 for a high and 65 for a low - and the warmth should last until midweek when a cold front will bring much cooler and much drier air from Canada: by week's end, daytime highs could be only near 70.

With much of the region receiving anywhere from 5 to 14 inches of rain during the past week, any vestiges of drought have disappeared.  Reagan National, which had been running a deficit all year long, is now 7 inches above normal.  BWI Marshall which has recorded almost 9 inches of rain for the month, is now over 13 inches above the average yearly total.  And even Dulles, which has been the driest of the airport stations all year, now has a 3 inch surplus.  Enjoy the return of the sunshine!

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