From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: A break in summer's swelter with sunshine & lower humidity

August 12, 2012 - 11:40 AM
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Look for a far more comfortable and settled day with partly sunny skies, less humidity and highs in the upper 80s.

This Afternoon: Partly Sunny, Warm, Low Humidity

Highs: 85-87 | Wind: W 5-10 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Mild

Lows: 64-69 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Monday: Mostly Sunny, Continued Less Humid

Highs: 86-90 | Wind: NW 5 mph/Then S

While it doesn't quite feel like fall today, the cooler, drier air is a much appreciated break from this summer's swelter.  The slow-moving cold front that brought the humid air and the heavy downpours Saturday is now well to the east of  Chesapeake Bay.  Along with northwesterly breezes, today is featuring partly sunny skies, highs aiming for the mid to upper 80s and noticeably less humid air.  With high pressure in place, our good fortune will extend into the overnight hours with lows dipping into the 60s and even into Monday which will be warmer, but still reasonably dry with dewpoints in the 60s.

A southerly flow will return our accustomed mugginess on Tuesday as showers and thunderstorms threaten and temperatures rise to near 90.  Thereafter, the week will feature daytime highs in the low to upper 80s with more showers possible by week's end.

NOTE: The average temperature Saturday, as it has been most of the summer, was well above the seasonal norm.  In fact, there have been just three days since July 1 when the average temperature has dipped below 80 and thus qualified as "cooler than normal."  Enjoy today's break from this summer's muggy monotony! 

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