D.C.-area forecast: Sunny today, cloudier tomorrow. Rain chances Sunday and Monday.
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A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
9/10: A comfortable, mostly sunny end to our week and the start of the holiday weekend. Just some high clouds and a bit of wind – no big deal.
Today: Mostly sunny. Construction breeze. Highs: Low to mid 70s. Tonight: Partly cloudy, less windy. Lows: Mid 40s to low 50s. Tomorrow: clouds and increasing winds. Highs: Mid 70s. Sunday: A chance of rain. Highs: low 70s.
May continues to bring us great weather days, but it may be over soon. Breezes and increasing clouds are quite possible this weekend, but the questionable rain chances and weather on Sunday and Monday are what throw a (potential) twist on things. Keep the plans a little flexible. Just don’t get caught up in the changes just yet – it’s still unclear when and how much rain will fall.
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Today (Friday): Another winner as May adds to its Beautiful Day count. Skies are very sunny except for a hazy tinge of campfire smoke and some high clouds at times. High temperatures are expected to drop into the mid-70s with east-northeast winds near 20 mph at times mid-afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: partly cloudy. Calm east-southeast winds, mainly after midnight, below 10 mph. Temperatures drop into the cool mid 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Saturday): Clouds build slowly and unsteadily throughout the day, but rain is not yet a threat. We’ll keep you posted if a shower opportunity presents itself. East winds could pick up a bit more than Friday, perhaps near 25 mph at times. High temperatures still manage to reach the mid-70s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Forecast confidence decreases as the potential storm system begins to move close enough to our region to produce some showers, mostly targeted in the pre-dawn hours (if they reach the region at all). We may need your patience to gradually re-evaluate this forecast as the weekend progresses. The track of this storm system is evolving, so there is uncertainty as to whether it gets close enough to our region to bring a higher chance of rain.
Low temperatures reach into the mid-50s. Light and steady northeast wind is possible throughout the night. Confidence: low-medium
Sunday: In the afternoon it will be mostly cloudy with occasional light showers. Moderate east-northeasterly winds may also continue to be characteristic. Areas southeast of the city have the highest chance of seeing rain, while northwest of the city may see less (or no) rain. With only a few showers forecast at this point, high temperatures should still reach the low 70s. Stay tuned for changes as we approach (lower chance of rain equals higher temperature potential and vice versa). Confidence: low-medium
Sunday evening: Rain chances continue, especially south and east of the city. We may see a slight increase in coverage and intensity of overnight showers, but it’s too early to tell with confidence. Somewhat humid lows could hover around 60 degrees downtown, with cools in the mid-50s away from the Beltway. Confidence: low-medium
Clouds and showers – even a thunderstorm – are possible for Memorial Day (Monday). The holiday may hold the highest chance of rain of this entire forecast. Nothing extreme, but worth having a backup for outside plans. High temperatures aim for 80 degrees, despite strong winds. As we get closer, we’ll get a better handle on cloud and precipitation levels. Confidence: low-medium
With any luck, we may see more sun on Tuesday, but a few showers are still possible. Stay tuned as we get closer and better time any showers after the holiday rain spots. Highs currently look to be in the mid 70s to around 80 degrees. Confidence: low-medium
Onshore easterly winds and increasing clouds could keep the beaches a little cool throughout the weekend with a chance of rain from Saturday into Monday, more in the south and less in the north.
New Jersey and Delaware beaches: “Less showers” in the greater region, clouds are expected to increase Saturday with showers Sunday and Monday, as it is now. High temperatures reach the upper 60s to low 70s and the upper 50s to low 60s overnight. East-northeast winds 10-15 mph gusting to 25 mph.
North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland beaches: Higher chances of rain (and even thunderstorms) late Saturday through Monday, with clouds increasing late Friday. High temperatures generally in the 70s; High 50s to low 60s overnight. East winds may vary slightly in direction, but – most notably – can gust up to 30 mph.