From the ABC 7 Weather team

Forecast: Third consecutive sunny day makes for summer trifecta!

June 22, 2013 - 12:05 PM
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Look for yet another sunny and comfortably humid day with highs in the mid 80s.  Sunday will be warmer, not as sunny, and a bit more humid with highs near 90.

This Afternoon:
Sunny & Warmer, Low Humidity
Highs: 85-88
Wind: S 5-10 mph
Mostly Cloudy & Mild
Lows: 64-69
Wind: S 5-10 mph
Turning Mostly Cloudy, More Humid, PM Showers
Highs: 86-90
Rain: 20% Chance

Can this stretch of summer perfection continue through the weekend? And will the mercury start to soar this coming week as summer hits its stride?

If only summer could always be like this!  After two near perfect days of abundant sunshine and low humidity, the DC area is getting yet one more today, a summer trifecta!  On this first full day of summer, we can expect plentiful sunshine and highs near the seasonal norm of 86.  Air conditioning will again be an option, not a necessity,  as dew points remain in the comfortable range.

As high pressure is located just offshore, our southerly winds will slowly but inexorably raise both the temperatures and humidity as we head into the new few days.  Sunday will see morning sunshine give way to more clouds and significantly, higher dew points.  Scattered showers could occur both in the morning and later in the afternoon  The heat will definitely be on early next week with daytime highs in the low 90s and nighttime lows in the 70s.  On each of the days from Tuesday through Friday, there is a slight chance of thunderstorm activity.  But even with the increased sizzle, the week is expected to end with somewhat cooler temperatures, continuing a trend that has made this June relatively mild.  Unlike the Junes of the past three years, we've had no triple digit readings and only three 90 degree days to date (last year there were eleven).

NOTE: This is the weekend of the "supermoon," the biggest moon of the year!  The current full moon, on great display early this morning, will reach its maximum size Sunday night as it reaches its lunar perigee, the closest point in its orbital path around the earth.  Enjoy that celestial beauty and this balmy first weekend of summer! 

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