From the ABC 7 Weather team

DC Forecast: Today's sunshine begins a stretch of remarkable days

September 9, 2012 - 10:31 AM
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In the wake of Saturday's storms, today is remarkably better, featuring mostly sunny skies, much cooler temperatures and much lower humidity.  Look for highs in the upper 70s.

This Afternoon: Mostly Sunny, Cooler, & Pleasant

Highs: 76-81 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Tonight: Mostly Clear & Cool

Lows: 48-57 | Wind: NW 5-10 mph

Monday: Sunny & Delightful, Quite Breezy

Highs: 75-80 | Wind: N 10-15/G 20

The cool and calm of this morning belie the fury of Saturday's storms.  Winds gusted to near 60 mph at Reagan National AIrport, almost an inch and half of rain fell in Camp Springs, Md. and temperatures dropped dramatically from 90 to the mid 60s in less than two hours.  Tornadoes were reported, but not confirmed in Md. and Va. and countless trees were felled across the Washington area as the violent storm tore through at mid-afternoon.

With that strong front now offshore, we can now bask in the storm's wake.  Dewpoints have dropped into the 50s from the 70s, winds have shifted to the northwest and highs today will only reach the upper 70s under mostly sunny skies.  With high pressure building into the area and expected to remain for most of the week, today will be just the start of a remarkable series of comfortable September days.  Look for highs around 80 for the early part of the week, with just a gradual warmup at week's end.  The whir of air conditioners will likely diminish this week as nighttime lows drop into the 50s.  So open your windows and enjoy what will be one of the best weeks of the summer.  Since the season ends officially on the 22nd, the best has been saved for last!

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