From the ABC 7 Weather team

Summer starts with showers

June 20, 2014 - 05:44 PM
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So long to sunny skies and low levels of humidity. Our streak of near-perfect weather conditions during the weekend has ended.

High pressure ushered in cooler and drier air Friday behind the showers and storms Thursday afternoon and evening. Temperatures even reached a scorching high of 97 degrees on Tuesday, the hottest temperature since August 5th, 2012 when it reached 98 degrees. The 97 degree reading was also a record for the 17th of June. After beautiful conditions Friday, changes will enter the region in the form of a stationary boundary which will hang around this weekend.

Rainfall forecast Friday evening through Sunday evening

Rainfall totals are expected to be on the order of a quarter of an inch to a half of an inch, with higher totals possible south of D.C. for Central Virginia and the Tidewater. Areas in those locations have the potential for over an inch of rain. Also, sorry in advance if your headed to the Outer Banks this weekend.

Temperatures are expected to be rather cool tomorrow, only reaching the low to mid 70s in the D.C. area as easterly winds set up along with scattered showers.

18Z 4km NAM forecast temperatures for Saturday evening at 7pm

Questions still remain as to Sunday's forecast, which may not see noticeable improvements until later in the day. Clouds are expected to hang around the region for much of the morning before the high-angle summer sunshine burns through the overcast later in the day. Highs should settle around the 80 degree mark.

Duration of Daylight

Don't forget, tomorrow is the first day of summer, as astronomical summer begins at 6:51am. Sorry it won't feel like summer, but I think we've had our fair share of the heat and humidity earlier this week. Have a nice weekend.

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