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Evening update: showers and thunderstorms moving through DC

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Brian's exclusive forecast for Washington DC:

Tonight: Rain showers with isolated thunderstorms. The low will be in the lower 50s. Winds shifting to the northwest at 10 to 20 with higher gusts.

Saturday: Clouds and sun with a few rain showers. Breezy at times. Warmer with a high in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night: A few showers, then clearing late with a low in the lower 40s.

Sunday: Sunny and cooler with a high in the lower to middle 60s.

The extended forecast calls for sunshine on Monday with a low in the lower 40s and a high in the lower 60s. A good chance of rain showers on Tuesday with a low in the upper 40s and a high in the lower 50s. A chance of rain showers on Wednesday with a low in the upper 40s and a high in the mid 50s. Mostly cloudy on Thursday with a chance of rain showers. The low will be around 50 and the high will be around 60.

Weather Summary

Widespread showers and thunderstorms are moving into Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond this evening. A few showers may be moderate to heavy at times. Winds may be gusty at times, but no severe weather is expected. Stronger storms may impact central and southeast Virginia. Lighter rain showers may continue through the overnight hours and into Saturday morning as a cold front moves from west to east across the area. As the front moves off to our northeast on Saturday afternoon, warmer air will overspread the area with highs in the middle 70s as winds rush northward ahead of yet another cold front that will move through the region on Saturday afternoon. Consequently, a few scattered rain showers cannot be ruled out through the afternoon and evening hours. On Saturday night and Sunday, high pressure from Canada will nose down into the Middle Atlantic states. This will result in a clear sky on Saturday night and a sunny day on Sunday, but temperatures will be much cooler with lows in the 40s and highs in the 60s. After a sunny and pleasant day on Monday, another area of low pressure will impact the region with widespread rain showers on Tuesday and Wednesday. Much cooler temperatures will accompany the rain with highs only in the 50s each day.

Regional Weather Information

Baltimore average lows and highs

Washington average lows and highs

National Weather Service daily weather discussion

Baltimore/Washington National Weather Service

Chesapeake Bay marine forecast

Mid-Atlantic radar loop

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