From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Dry & pleasant today, wet and cool tomorrow

August 17, 2013 - 11:50 AM
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Look for a partly sunny and mild day with increasing clouds through the afternoon. Showers are likely late tonight and again on Sunday until midday.  Highs today will be near 80, but only in the lower 70s tomorrow.

This Afternoon:
Partly Sunnyy, Mild, Increasing Clouds
Highs: 76-80
Wind: NE 5-10 mph
Showers Likely
Lows: 60-66
Rain: 60% Chance
Showers Likely, Quite Cool
Highs: 70-75
Rain: 80% Chance

After leading charmed weather lives for the past three days, our reverie is about to end!  But the return of summer will be gradual and not all that oppressive. Like the autumnal mornings with lows in the 50s and low 60s since Wednesday, today started out similarly cool.  And with high pressure still in control over New England, we can look for a partly sunny and mild day with highs near 80.  But a system to our south will eventually bring more clouds as we get into the afternoon and evening hours.  Any rain in the immediate metro area will likely hold off until well after sunset.   Overcast skies and much cooler temperatures are expected on Sunday as scattered showers are possible through midday.  Highs tomorrow will be only in the lower 70s.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms will extend through Monday as we revert back to a more summer-like pattern: gone will be the cooler nights as the mercury returns to the seasonal norm of 70 and daytime highs aim again for the mid to upper 80s.  High pressure comes back at midweek as do temperatures near 90.  It'll be time to put the sweater away, turn the A/C back on, and be reminded that it is still summer! 

NOTE: Need another reminder that summer is on the wane?  Today is the last day of an 8:00 PM sunset.  On Sunday, darkness descends at 7:58 PM.  Enjoy your weekend!

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