Forecast for DC area: Much colder today as rounds of rain pass

A somewhat subjective rating of the time of day, on a scale of 0 to 10.

3/10: We could use a break from the heat and also some rain. But another rainy weekend…why?!

  • Today: Periodic light showers or rains. Highs: 50s to low 60s.
  • Tonight: Occasional rains. Lows: 50s.
  • Tomorrow: Rain and storms possible. Highs: Low 60s to low 70s.

Fortunately, the week’s well-above-normal temperatures have subsided. Unfortunately, that means gray skies and much colder temperatures just in time for Saturday. It will rain off and on for a good portion of the weekend before sunnier times return to start the work week.

Today Saturday): Showers could occur at intervals for much of the day. It won’t rain non-stop, but it will be wet and dreary. With the thick cloud cover and some rain plus an easterly wind, we feel very different than we have seen recently. Highs are around 50 degrees in the north and west, although they may get as warm as 60 degrees in southern Maryland. Winds are from the east around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Occasional showers are likely to continue dancing across the region. Some drizzle and fog may also develop. Stay cool, with temperatures fairly stable with lows ranging between 53 and 59 degrees. Winds are blowing from the east and southeast at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow Sunday): Look for lots of clouds, once again. We could also see some breakouts here and there. Rain and thunderstorms are possible, especially in the afternoon or into the evening. Highs have increased about 10 degrees since today, trying to reach 70 locally. A warmer southerly wind will dominate during the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Showers move east of the area and skies tend to be a little clearer. Lows end near and north of most of the 60s. Confidence: Medium

A mix of sun and clouds seems likely Monday. There is still a chance of showers or storms, especially in the afternoon. High temperatures mostly end up in the upper 70s and lower 80s. Showers and storms may reach the area near and after sunset. Confidence: Medium

Similar for Tuesday but maybe less chance of rain. In partial sunlight, highs are in the low to mid 80s. Confidence: Medium