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Published on May 24, 2024
Washington D.C. Grapples with Unsettled Weather Leading Up to Memorial Day Weekend Source: Unsplash/ Andy Feliciotti

Residents of Washington D.C. are bracing for an erratic weather pattern as we head into the last week of May. The National Weather Service forecasts scattered showers and thunderstorms early today, with a break in precipitation before a possible return of showers and storms after 11 a.m. Despite the potential wet start, the sky is expected to clear up somewhat, offering a mostly sunny day with a high peaking near 84 degrees. Before the storms roll in, there's a chance for some patchy fog, so commuters should take heed during early morning travel.

The humidity sits uncomfortably at 79%, making the overcast conditions feel muggier than one might hope for, and the barometer reads 29.88 in (1011.8 mb). NWS reports a light and variable wind with, a low chance of precipitation at 30%. As we push into the nighttime hours, there's a continuing "slight chance of showers after 2 a.m." and temperatures are predicted to dip to a low around 66 degrees.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Saturday will not offer much respite, with a moderate 40% chance of showers and possible thunderstorms starting in the late morning. The predicted high is a somewhat cooler 81 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. The calm will once again precede the storm on Saturday night, with a 40% chance of rain and thunderstorms before 2 a.m. and low temperatures settling around 65 degrees.

By Sunday, the likelihood of rain diminishes slightly with only a 20% chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. It's all preamble to Memorial Day, however, when the weather may dampen any outdoor plans. The NWS indicates a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms, then, showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 2 p.m. The highs are expected to hover near 81 degrees, so at least it won't be too chilly when the rain comes down.

As we cross into the new week, Tuesday keeps to the trend with a 40% chance of afternoon showers under mostly sunny skies and a high nearing 79. And while Wednesday mirrors Tuesday's uncertainty with 30% rain chances, Thursday seems to promise a respite with sunny conditions and a more comfortable high of around 72.

All this serves as a reminder that the capricious spring season isn't quite ready to settle into predictable patterns. For continuous updates and more detailed weather information, visit the National Weather Service website at NWS D.C. weather forecast.