From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Bit of a break in the muggy monotony

June 29, 2013 - 12:36 PM
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Look for a more comfortable day with mostly sunny skies, less humidity, and highs in the mid to 80s.  A stray thunderstorm is possible this afternoon.

This Afternoon:
Mostly Sunny, A Stray Storm is Possible
Highs: 84-87
Rain: N 5-10 mph
Mostly Cloudy, Warm, Scattered Showers
Lows: 65-72
Rain: S 5 mph
Mostly Cloudy, Scattered T'Storms
Highs: 83-87
Rain: S 5-10 mph

Will it be a repeat performance today of heavy rains and gusty winds?  And will there be any relief from the high humidity as we head into the 4th of July?

The heavy rains are gone, but the numbers from yesterday's storms are still astounding.  Reagan National recorded 2.86 inches of rain, the most since last October 29th when 3.85 inches fell.  Arlington and Alexandria both recorded over 2 inches while Bowie tallied 1.2 inches.  South Capitol Street flooded in the District; nearly 1 inch diameter hail fell at National Harbor; and wind gusts of 50 mph brought down trees in St. Mary's County.  

In the wake of that storminess, today is a delightful day with lower humidity, sunny skies, and winds from the north.  Under mostly sunny skies, look for highs in the mid 80s with just a slight chance of a stray storm. Our reprieve from the stickiness and rain threats will be brief however as the dew points creep back up to 70 degrees tomorrow.  Mostly cloudy skies and an increased chance of thunderstorms are likely on Sunday. Those clouds should keep daytime highs in the low to mid 80s.  Indeed, variably cloudy days will be the pattern for the coming week, as a stalled front and a Bermuda High point to a succession of warm, humid days with showers possible each day through the 4th of July.  But not having to sizzle in the 90s, as is our usual fate on the 4th, is some compensation!  Enjoy your weekend.  

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