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Published on May 20, 2024
Washington D.C. Faces a Week of Unsettled Weather, Coastal Flood Advisory in EffectSource: Unsplash/ Dave Hoefler

Washington D.C. residents are bracing for a week of fickle weather ahead, with the National Weather Service forecasting everything from foggy mornings to chances of showers and thunderstorms. Commuters faced a gloomy start to their week with overcast skies and a balmy 63°F this morning. Humidity hiked up to 87%, with low winds from the south at 6 mph, indicating an unsettled atmosphere over the capital, according to the National Weather Service.

The skies will clear up somewhat, with a predicted high of near 79 degrees today. Tonight's outlook seems mostly clear, but areas of fog may develop after 5 a.m., bringing visibility to a low around 61°F. The National Weather Service has also issued a Coastal Flood Advisory, in effect until 9 a.m. Tuesday, with potential inundation up to one foot above ground level expected in low lying areas due to tidal flooding, particularly around the Tidal Basin and Jefferson Memorial, which is an unwelcome disruption for some local residents and tourists seeking to indulge in the capital's scenic vistas.

Looking forward, Tuesday promises areas of fog before 9 a.m. and mainly sunny conditions with a high near 82. But it is Wednesday that might bring the first real heat, with the mercury shooting up to 88 degrees. Thursday's weather suggests a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m., giving way to a partly sunny day with a high pushing 87. "If travel is required, allow extra time as some roads may be closed," warns the National Weather Service statement about the coastal flooding, advising the public not to drive through barricades or water of unknown depth and to protect flood-prone property.

Moreover, the upcoming weekend does not promise much respite for those weary of the wet conditions; chances of showers continue to linger in the forecast. "There is a limited threat of severe thunderstorms Thursday afternoon," states the National Weather Service. "If the threat materializes, some storms may produce damaging wind gusts and large hail." Local authorities might be on high alert, which, could potentially disrupt the rhythm of daily life in the nation's capital. Spotter activation from the National Weather Service may be necessary come Thursday to track these anticipated weather events.