From the ABC 7 Weather team

D.C. Forecast: Warmer today, hotter still on Memorial Day

May 25, 2014 - 01:11 PM
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Look for sunny & comfortably warm day with highs in the low 80s and light winds.  Memorial Day will be equally sunny, but hotter with temperatures near 90.

This Afternoon:
Sunny & Pleasantly Warm
Highs: 80-85
Wind: NW 5-10 mph
Mostly Clear & Mild
Lows: 55-62
Wind: Light & Variable
Sunny & Hot, A Bit More Humid
Highs: 85-90
Wind: SW 5-10 mph

Summer may not officially arrive until the solstice on June 21, but for all intents and purposes, this weekend's warmth confirms that the new season is here!  Yesterday's very comfortable 78 degree high at Reagan National should be eclipsed today by readings in the low 80s under mostly sunny skies.  The northwesterly breezes on Saturday, some of which gusted to 20 mph, will be much lighter today.  Dew points though will be nearly the same, staying in the comfortable 50-55 degree range. 

But the high pressure that has been our benefactor thus far this weekend will begin to move off to the east tomorrow, setting up a hotter scenario for Memorial Day  with highs in the upper 80s, a bit more humidity, and winds shifting to the southwest.  That humidity will increase even more on Tuesday as a cold front approaches from the northwest.  Highs on Tuesday will once again be in the upper 80s, but unlike Monday, it will be quite muggy and showers and thunderstorms a good possibility.  More showers could threaten on Wednesday as temperatures drop back to the upper 70s.  High pressure and sunnier skies are expected for the latter part of the week as the calendar flips to June.

NOTE: This Memorial Day weekend is the best in recent memory with last year's three-day holiday mostly cool with reading in the low 70s while 2012's holiday was a sizzler with highs each day in the upper 80s and scattered showers.  Enjoy the rest of the long weekend!

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