From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Warm Saturday, hottest days of season coming soon

July 13, 2013 - 11:52 AM
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Look for scattered showers on a partly cloudy day with highs in the low to mid 80s.  The rain threat drops, but the mercury starts rising tomorrow!

This Afternoon:
Partly Cloudy, Showers Possible
Highs: 80-85
Rain: 40% Chance
Mostly Cloudy, Scattered Showers, Fog
Lows: 67-75
Wind: S 5-10 mph
Partly Sunny, Warm & Humid
Highs: 86-90
Wind: S 5-10 mph

The fog has burned off as skies have turned partly cloudy, particularly east of the Blue Ridge.  All the flood warnings have expired as the  Washington area, particularly Northern Virginia, recovers from some record rainfall.  Dulles Airport tallied nearly 5 inches of rain between Thursday and Friday, while Annapolis and areas on the eastern shore received between 3 and 5 inches.  If the season seems especially wet, the statistics bear out that hunch: at all three area airports, the year to date rainfall  totals are nearly 10 inches higher than last year.

Friday was not only one of the wettest days, it was also one of the coolest.  The high temperature at Reagan National was only 76, a full 13 degrees below the seasonal norm.  Today is already a bit warmer, but still below average: look for highs in the low to mid 80s under partly cloudy skies.  Some showers and even a thunderstorm are possible as the unusual westward progression of rain continues.  Most of the activity however, should be confined to the southeast.  Scattered showers are possible again in the overnight hours, but Sunday should be a mostly dry day, albeit warmer and more humid.  Highs on Sunday should be in the upper 80s.

Thereafter, get ready to find a cool place as high pressure, sunny skies, high humidity, and soaring temperatures arrive in DC.  The hottest week of the year is likely as daytime highs in the mid 90s with heat indices around 100 are likely into next weekend.  Enjoy the relative cool of this Saturday!

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