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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 07/ 8/2008

Forecast: A Quick Cooker

By Matt Rogers

Only two hot days before next cold front

The 90s are back in the city for just a two-day engagement. Today should be the hotter of the two because of more daytime sun (lower 90s mainly). While potentially the hottest day of July so far, it is still not expected to rival the broiling period in early June when the D.C. area was burnt by upper 90s. By tomorrow, more clouds and a better chance of storms will turn the oven temperature down a bit. But you'll need to wait until Thursday and Friday to air out the kitchen.

TODAY (TUESDAY)

Hotter day with more humidity and some afternoon rumblers. Lower 90s. Expect more sun than clouds in the morning, but then an increase in cloud cover by especially mid to late afternoon. Our winds will be pumping that hot and humid air into the area from the southwest. Temperatures and humidity will be on the up and up with highs in the lower 90s throughout the area (30% chance of late-day storms).

A muggy evening is in store with still a 30% chance of thunderstorms. Expect lows only in the lower to middle 70s (warmest in the city, of course).

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. See NatCast for the outlook for tonight's game.

TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

More clouds. More storms. But still hot. Near 90. With the cold front approaching the D.C. area doorstep by later in the day, clouds and humidity will still be rising. The likelihood of afternoon thunderstorms pops up to 50% throughout the area and the high temperature should be slightly lower than today's due to the extra cloud cover.

The cold front finally breaks through the area late on Wednesday night, but the cool air will not come in fast enough to avoid another mild low temperature, in the lower 70s. Expect a continued 50% chance of thunderstorms overnight too.

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday and Friday are favored to see a significant humidity break with dewpoints back down into at least the 60s and high temperatures in the middle to upper 80s. Partly to mostly sunny skies are expected, but it is summer and you still need to factor in a daily 20% chance of isolated thunderstorms. Confidence: Medium

The weekend is looking complicated on the latest rounds of computer weather models, but the general thinking right now is that heat and humidity will build back into the area, especially on Sunday. Highs could still linger in the upper 80s on Saturday with lower 90s a possibility for Sunday (along with scattered thunderstorms by evening depending on the timing of the next cold front). Hey, at least the cold fronts keep coming! Confidence: Low

By Matt Rogers  | July 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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