D.C. Forecast: Dry & pleasant today, wet and cool tomorrow

This Afternoon:Partly Sunnyy, Mild, Increasing Clouds Highs: 76-80 Wind: NE 5-10 mph Tonight:Showers Likely Lows: 60-66 Rain: 60% Chance Sunday:Showers Likely, Quite Cool Highs: 70-75 Rain: 80% Chance

After leading charmed weather lives for the past three days, our reverie is about to end!{ } But the{ }return of summer will be gradual and not all that oppressive.{ }Like{ }the{ }autumnal mornings with lows in the 50s and{ }low 60s since Wednesday, today started out similarly cool.{ } And with high pressure still in control over New England,{ }we can look for a partly sunny and mild day with highs near 80.{ } But a system to our south will eventually bring more clouds as we get into the afternoon and evening hours.{ } Any rain in the immediate metro area will likely hold off until well after sunset.{ }{ } Overcast skies and much cooler temperatures are expected{ }on Sunday as scattered showers are possible through midday.{ } Highs tomorrow will be only in the lower 70s.

The chance of showers and thunderstorms{ }will extend through Monday as we revert back to a more summer-like pattern: gone will be the cooler nights as{ }the mercury{ }returns{ }to the seasonal norm of 70 and daytime highs aim again for the mid to upper 80s.{ } High pressure{ }comes back{ }at midweek as do temperatures near 90.{ } It'll be time to put the sweater away,{ }turn the A/C back on, and be reminded that it is still summer!{ }

NOTE: Need another reminder that summer is on the wane?{ } Today is the last day of an 8:00 PM sunset.{ } On Sunday, darkness descends at 7:58 PM.{ } Enjoy your weekend!