From the ABC 7 Weather team

A muggy start, but a milder finish to the weekend

May 5, 2012 - 11:30 AM
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It will be yet another warm, humid day with showers and isolated  thunderstorms possible this afternoon.  Sunday should be drier, sunnier, and more comfortable.

This Afternoon: Humid, Chance of Thunderstorms

Highs: 78-82 | Rain: 40%

Tonight: Mostly Cloudy, Showers Possible

Lows: 50-58 | Rain: 20%

Sunday: Turning Partly Sunny, Cooler

Highs: 69-73 | Wind: E 5 mph

Let's call it a rather dim view of Saturday's weather on what was an otherwise very bright morning.  The so-called Super Moon - an exceptionally close and especially bright full moon - illuminated the Nation's Capitol.  The 60 degree readings with dew points to match gave a summer feel to the start of the weekend. 

A slow-moving and ill-defined cold front has sagged south of the metro area, but warm, moist air is still in place.  Given the moderate amount of instability.  the potential is there for scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon.  As the front moves farther to the southeast, sky conditions will begin to improve later tomorrow with drier, cooler, and sunnier skies arriving for Sunday afternoon; a marine layer, much like we experienced last week, could bring cloudy and cool conditions in the morning before any clearing takes place.  Look for highs around 80 today, but only near 70 on Sunday.  The coming week will revert to the unsettled pattern of the past week, with cooler, but potentially rainy days until Thursday or Friday.

NOTE: Although the amounts have been rather paltry, rain has fallen on each of the first 4 days of May and indeed, 6 of the last 7 days have recorded at least a trace of rain.  This wet patern can only help what is still our dry cistern: the rainfall deficit is stubbornly stuck around 4.5 inches.  Enjoy your weekend!

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