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Wednesday's rainfall was much needed, as lawns, gardens and woods were starting to dry out. We saw a wet and rainy day with most areas receiving 1-3 inches of rain and some areas exceeding 4 inches.
Now we return to our wonderful stretch of summer weather which seemingly has been going on for quite a while. High pressure is going to build into the mid-Atlantic region and protect our area from any significant rain for a while. There will be clouds in the sky the next couple of afternoons, but not so many that we see any showers.
The weekend is looking rather nice. I would pick Saturday as the better of the two weekend days, but only because there is a slight risk of a shower or thunderstorm on Sunday. That day isn’t a washout and certainly nothing like the weather we saw the past 24 hours.
Temperatures are going to be quite typical for the second half of August with highs in the mid to upper 70s. The best chance to reach or exceed 80 degrees is on Saturday, and temperatures will be a degree or two cooler Sunday, with more clouds.
The next chance for significant rain comes sometime between Tuesday night and Wednesday. More on that in the coming days as the timing and strength of that system is still very much in question.
Thursday: Sunny with a high in the mid 70s.
Thursday Night: Passing clouds and comfortable. Lows between 55-60 degrees.
Friday: Lots of sunshine. Highs in the mid 70s.
Saturday: Sunshine and a few clouds. Highs nearing 80 degrees.
Sunday: A blend of clouds and sunshine. A few scattered showers. Highs 76-81.
Monday: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 70s.
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