D.C.-area forecast: Rainy and unsettled through Wednesday, warm and calmer late in the week

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A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

5/10: A soggy start to the day, but brighter and warm in the afternoon.


Today: Morning rain, skies brighten this afternoon. Highs: 75-80.
Tonight: Chance of evening storms, then mostly cloudy. Lows: Near 60.
Tomorrow: Widespread showers and storms, possibly heavy. Highs: 70-75.

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There is the potential for a lot of rain in the Washington region through midweek as several areas of storminess sweep through the Mid-Atlantic. The first wave exits this morning, but additional waves come through Tuesday and Wednesday. Showers could even cycle through on Thursday before we dry out some Friday and Saturday. But a few more showers could return Sunday. Temperatures for much of the week are in the 70s, but trend closer to 80 over the Memorial Day weekend.

Today (Monday): You’ll need umbrellas for the commute in this morning, but the rain should start shutting off mid-to-late morning. About 0.25-0.50 inches of rain are most likely. We dry out in the afternoon and some intervals of sunshine are a good bet. They help push temperatures well into the 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Some widely scattered showers and thunderstorms could flare up this evening, but they should dissipate by sunset. Overnight it’s mostly cloudy and dry, with lows near 60. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): Rain develops in the morning, first in our southern areas. During the afternoon, it overspreads much of the area and could become heavy at times. Some thunderstorms may be embedded within the northward-bound plume of rain. Highs are in the low 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Rain and thunderstorms are likely in the evening but should taper off before midnight. Mostly cloudy overnight with areas of fog possible. Lows are around 60. Confidence: Medium-High


We may have at least partial sunshine into Wednesday afternoon, but an upper level disturbance to the west likely sets off showers and storms as the afternoon wears on and into the evening. Highs reach the mid-70s. Some showers could linger Wednesday night, with lows near 60. Confidence: Medium

The forecast for Thursday depends on the position of an area of disturbed weather to our west. If it ends up more to our northwest, most of its rain should stay to our north. But if it remains parked just to our west or southwest, it will likely push more showers into our area. We’ll call for a 50-50 chance of showers, with highs 75-80. Any showers should thin out and dissipate at night, with lows 60-65. Confidence: Medium

When I cannot rule out a rogue shower Friday or Saturday afternoon, both days should be partly sunny, dry and warm on balance, with highs near 80. The overnight periods should be partly cloudy and mild, with lows mostly in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

A cool front swings through the region Sunday. A period of showers (not all day rain) is likely, with highs near 80. Confidence: Medium

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