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D.C.-area forecast: Toasty but tranquil summer week to bring just a few storm chances


Sunset in Alexandria on Sunday. (Matthew Cappucci/The Washington Post)

Today’s daily digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: Good-looking summer day. While we could hit 90, humidity drops and we should be rain-free.

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: 85 to 90.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 63 to 70.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: 85 to 90.

Forecast in detail

If you have outdoor plans this week, favorable weather awaits much of the time, if you don’t mind a bit of heat. The chance for showers and storms is pretty limited for the next several days, with just a small chance of some scattered activity on Wednesday. Over the holiday weekend, the chance for showers and storms increases some.

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Today (Monday): Lots of sunshine today and bordering on hot as highs may touch 90 for the fourth straight day, but it’s significantly less humid compared with the weekend. Winds are light from the north at around 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and comfortably mild. Lows range from the low 60s in our cooler areas to near 70 downtown with light winds. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): It’s pretty similar to today, but we may have a few more clouds. Highs again range from 85 to 90, with light winds from the northwest around 10 mph. There is the slightest chance (20 percent) of a late-day pop-up shower or storm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy skies, with lows again ranging from the low 60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Wednesday is the one day this workweek in which some scattered late-day storms may pop up, but there’s just a 30 percent chance or so. Otherwise, it’s partly sunny, with a slight uptick in humidity, and highs around 85 to 90. Partly cloudy at night, with lows in the 60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday and Friday should be mostly if not entirely rain-free. Skies are partly to mostly sunny, with highs of 85 to 90 on Thursday and as toasty as 90 to 95 on Friday. Humidity is moderately high (dew points in the mid- to upper 60s), while the overnight hours are warm, with lows mostly 65 to 70. Confidence: Medium-High

For the holiday weekend, we’ll need to watch a little cool front that may try to slip into the region from the north, bringing increasing clouds and the chance for some showers and storms, especially in the afternoon and evening. Highs should mostly be in the 80s, with lows in the 60s. Confidence: Medium

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D.C.-area forecast: Sunny, rain-free and toasty today; turning steamier this weekend


The summer weather in the region is ideal for boating on the Potomac. (Jeanne McVey/Flickr)

Today’s daily digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: Lots of sun, not too muggy, but warm with mid-80s for high temperatures away from cities.

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid-80s to around 90.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: Mid-60s to around 70.
  • Tomorrow: Showers or storms possible. Highs: Around 90 to mid-90s.
  • Sunday: Shower and storm chances continue. Highs: Mid-80s to near 90.

Forecast in detail

It’s a somewhat dry heat today, but it’s still heat nonetheless. Steaminess and rain chances pick up this weekend, with dew points rising toward the truly soupy 70-degree mark. We’ll have plenty of atmospheric moisture for showers and storms, which may pop this weekend. Enjoy our rain-free conditions today while we have them!

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Today (Friday): Sunshine dominates and high temperatures respond in kind, with mid-80s to around 90 degrees possible by late afternoon. At least dew points try to hover in the 50s, at times, keeping any majorly humid feeling at bay. We can thank west-northwest breezes around 10 mph for bringing our somewhat drier air. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds slowly calm and skies average out to be partly cloudy. There’s only a tiny chance of a spotty late-night shower. Outside of the Beltway, low temperatures bottom out in the mid-60s. Downtown may stay at or slightly above 70 degrees. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Heat, humidity and rain chances ramp up a notch. It may feel like nearly 100 degrees when combing uncomfortable dew points near 70 degrees, with high temperatures around 90 to the mid-90s. Sunshine may win the morning hours, but showers and storms are possible in the afternoon. Southwest breezes near 15 mph are responsible for bringing in the mugginess from the Gulf of Mexico. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Some showers and thunderstorms may last into the night. It’s very muggy (dew points perhaps as soupy as the low 70s), so low temperatures don’t cool off much when the atmosphere is this full of water vapor. Around 70 to mid-70s is about the best we can do, so it’s looking like an air-conditioning night. Confidence: Medium

A look ahead

Sunday: It shouldn’t feel quite as hot, with lower heat index/apparent temperature values. Sure, the mugginess is about the same swampiness as Saturday (dew points around 70 degrees), but high temperatures are lower. Mid-80s to near 90 may be the best we do, under partly sunny skies and increased rain chances. Especially by midafternoon onward, showers and storms are possible. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Any showers or thunderstorms should taper off by late evening. Nothing too heavy is expected. Upper 60s to low 70s may be about as “cool” as we get by sunrise. Mugginess only slowly goes down, with dew points trying to sink back below 70 degrees. Confidence: Medium

It’s less muggy, with dew points nearer 60 rather than 70 degrees, but Monday and Tuesday are still very warm. High temperatures could halt in the mid-80s if we see numerous showers and storms pop both days. However, so far, it looks like rain chances remain limited enough to allow sufficient sunshine for upper 80s to low 90s. Confidence: Medium

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D.C.-area forecast: Heat takes a break this weekend, but it’s very comfortable for June


Tiger lilies are seen on Volta Place NW in Washington. (Vincent via Flickr)

Today’s daily digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: ‪ More than , but at least it’s a dry heat without humidity! Dew points possibly below 50 degrees are very breathable and un-muggy for June.

Express forecast

  • Today: More sun than clouds. Highs: Mid- to upper 80s.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: Mid-50s to mid-60s.
  • Tomorrow: Sunny morning. Shower in the late day? Highs: Upper 70s to low 80s.
  • Sunday: Cloudier. Showers possible. Highs: Low to mid-70s.

Forecast in detail

Today is very warm, and it’s our sunniest day of this forecast, but temperatures trend downward for the weekend as rain chances trend upward. Comfort levels are notable for the next few days, too. In other words, we don’t have oppressive mugginess back on the horizon, yet!

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Today (Friday): Skies are mostly sunny, although periodic clouds may roll by from time to time. High temperatures top out in the mid- to upper 80s. With afternoon dew points in the upper 40s to low 50s, you’ll breathe easier in this drier, comfortable air that doesn’t have that humid feeling of recent days. Northwest breezes blow at 5 to 10 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: A few clouds build, but we should stay rain-free. Light northerly winds blow intermittently, near 10 mph at most. Low temperatures don’t cool much downtown, hovering in the mid-60s. Outside of the Beltway and away from large bodies of water, mid-50s should feel nice and refreshing by dawn. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): It’s another un-muggy day, but with a renewed push of cooler air. Morning is best for outdoor exercise, with mostly sunny skies and (probably) rain-free time. The afternoon has some clouds and rain chances slowly building. At least a few showers and perhaps a storm are possible by sunset, especially southeast of town. Winds shift to the northeast, near 10 mph. High temperatures aren’t quite as warm, in the upper 70s to low 80s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: More clouds than stars, with a few showers and storms possible. Low temperatures downtown again aim for the mid-60s. Upper 50s are likely in the cooler spots away from the city. Confidence: Medium

A look ahead

Sunday: Skies are bright at times, but clouds may try to rule the day. Showers are possible, but nothing too heavy or long-lasting — until near sunset — as it appears now. High temperatures could stay as cool as upper 60s if we see a bit more clouds and rain than currently expected, but we lean toward enough sunshine to get us into the low to mid-70s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Showers and clouds may take over, perhaps even some light rain, but confidence isn’t high. Stay tuned. More clouds than not are a safer bet, even if we remain dry. Low temperatures should range in the upper 50s to mid-60s. A very slight uptick in mugginess is possible, too. Confidence: Low-Medium

Intermittent showers and storms are possible Monday and Tuesday, if a cold front and potential upper-level low-pressure system stall near our area. This forecast could change, so please check back this weekend for updates. As of now, skies may stay mostly cloudy, helping to keep our high temperatures generally in the 70s. With any slightly rainier outcome, we could be stuck in the 60s. It’s worth mentioning that if we stay sunnier and drier, we may see 80 degrees. Confidence: Low

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D.C.-area forecast: Back to mostly cloudy and cooler today, before Memorial Day starts a new warming trend


Flags at half-staff yesterday under partly sunny skies near the Washington Monument. (C JRCook via Flickr) (JR COOK/C JRCook)

Today’s daily digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

7/10: Back to that familiar cloudy and cooler feel for the morning, then comfortable and a bit brighter during the afternoon.

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly to partly cloudy, cooler. Highs: Upper 60s to low 70s.
  • Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, patchy fog possible. Lows: 50s.
  • Memorial Day: Mostly cloudy early, emerging p.m. sun. Highs: Mid-to-Upper 70s.

Forecast in detail

Easterly flow returns today, bringing us back to the mostly cloudy and cooler side. The clouds persist into the morning hours of Memorial Day, but we should see increasing sun and warmth during the afternoon and into midweek as well. In fact, by Tuesday and Wednesday we begin a stretch of highs near or past 80.

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Today (Sunday): We’re stuck with a light but steady breeze from the east, which means a mostly cloudy and cooler marine air mass. Patchy fog and/or drizzle is possible early this morning as temperatures start mainly in the low-to-mid 60s. We do have a shot at some peeks of sunshine mid-to-late afternoon thanks to drier air moving in aloft, with afternoon highs only reaching the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: There’s not much more to the story this evening and overnight. We’ll see partly to mostly cloudy skies, with temperatures falling back into the 50s. Those easterly winds continue and a few pockets of fog may form in areas that go calm overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Memorial Day): Winds remain from the east into the morning, keeping us mostly cloudy again early. We may see some sun emerge by afternoon as winds come more from the southeast, and our temperatures jump back toward highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Maybe not as warm as we’d like for the pool (though let’s face it, they’re not open anyway) but it’s perfectly nice BBQ and picnic weather to get out and enjoy! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: We should expect partly cloudy and comfortable conditions through the evening and overnight. Temperatures fall into the upper 50s and low 60s with a light wind from the southeast. Confidence: High

A look ahead

Temperatures warm a bit more Tuesday and Wednesday with flow from the southeast and south around high pressure centered off the Atlantic coast. We’re not talking any oppressive heat or humidity, but with partly sunny skies, highs near 80 to the mid-80s may get the A/C going. Can’t rule out an isolated shower or storm, especially on Wednesday. Tuesday night lows only dip to the low-to-mid 60s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

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Alienware Area-51m R2 gaming laptop: fast enough for aliens to game on

Alienware has just unveiled its newly-upgraded Area-51m R2 gaming laptop, which packs some seriously fast desktop-class components.

The new Alienware Area-51m R2 packs an Intel Core i9-10900K which means you have a super-fast 10C/20T processor, at up to a huge 5.3GHz. GPU wise you’re looked after, with Alienware tapping NVIDIA’s new GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics with 8GB of GDDR6 memory.

Alienware has really stepped up with the new Area-51m R2 gaming laptop, as it has a bunch of user-replaceable parts. This includes the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, thermal cooling components, and more. It’s not perfect though, but it’s nice to see that you can make changes to core components like the CPU and GPU post-purchase.

There are plenty of display options to choose from, where you have 3 different models with 1080p resolutions. First, there’s 1080p with 144Hz and no G-SYNC, while another offers the same 1080p 144Hz but adds G-SYNC. The other 1080p offering has a much higher 300Hz refresh display and 3ms response (down from 9ms on the other panels) and offers 100% of the sRGB color gamut while the other 2 panels offer 72% of the NTSC color gamut.

The company offers a higher-end 4K panel but locks it to 60Hz with a much higher 25ms response, but has 100% of the Adobe RGB color gamut. All of the panels have Tobii Eyetracking technology.

CPU wise, Alienware lets you configure the Area-51m R2 gaming laptop with 4 difference CPUs — 2 x Core i7 chips, and 2 x Core i9 chips. We have the Core i7-10700 which is an 8C/16T chip at up to 4.8GHz, and the Core i7-10700K which is another 8C/16T chip but up to 5.1GHz.

The other two offerings are the Core i9-10900 which is a higher-end 10C/20T processor at up to 5.2GHz, while the flagship Core i9-10900K is offered with it also being a 10C/20T chip but up to 5.3GHz. All of these CPUs are part of Intel’s new 10th-gen Core family of processors.

You have plenty of GPU options with Alienware offering some from everyone. You get a starter kit with NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, but also an AMD Radeon RX 5700M offering, as well as the GeForce RTX 2060, GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER, and flagship GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER graphics cards.

RAM wise you can start with 8GB of dual-channel DDR4, all the way through to higher-end (and faster) 16GB/32GB options, right up to 64GB.

The new Alienware Area-51m R2 gaming laptop will be released on June 9, 2020 — starting at $3049, and will scale up considerably once you start cramming in the bleeding edge CPU, GPU, RAM, and SSD options.

Display options:

  • 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 9ms 300-nits 72% NTSC color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
  • 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 144Hz 9ms 300-nits 72% NTSC color gamut with NVIDIA-GSYNC technology + Tobii Eyetracking technology
  • 17.3″ FHD (1920 x 1080) 300Hz 3ms 300-nits 100% sRGB color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology
  • 17.3″ UHD (3840 x 2160) 60Hz 25ms 500-nits 100% Adobe RGB color gamut + Tobii Eyetracking technology

CPU options:

  • 10th Gen Intel® Core i7 10700 (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 2.9GHz to 4.8GHz w/Turbo Boost Max 3.0)
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core i7 10700K (8-Core, 16MB Cache, 3.8GHz to 5.1GHz w/Turbo Boost Max 3.0)
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core i9 10900 (10-Core, 20MB Cache, 2.8GHz to 5.2GHz w/Thermal Velocity Boost)
  • 10th Gen Intel® Core i9 10900K (10-Core, 20MB Cache, 3.7GHz to 5.3GHz w/Thermal Velocity Boost)

GPU options:

  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6
  • AMD Radeon RX 5700M 8GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 with 6GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER 8GB GDDR6
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER 8GB GDDR6

I/O:

  • (1x) Power/DC-in Jack
  • (1x) RJ-45 Killer Ethernet E3000 10/100/1000Mbps/2.5Gbps Port
  • (2x) Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port
  • (1x) Type-A USB 3.2 Gen 1 Port with Powershare Technology
  • (1x) Push-Pull Media-Card Reader (SD, SDHC, SDXC, MMC formats)
  • (1x) Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB Type-C with support for USB 3.2 Gen 2 10Gbps, 40Gbps Thunderbolt, and DisplayPort 1.2)
  • (1x) Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port
  • (1x) HDMI 2.0b with HDCP 2.2 Output Port
  • (1x) Mini-Display Port 1.4 (certified) Output
  • (1x) Audio Out 1/8″ Ports (Compatible with inline mic headset)
  • (1x) Global Headset
  • (1x) Wedge-shaped lock slot (cable and lock sold separately)
  • (1x) microSD 5.1, UHS-II HD312 Card Reader

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D.C.-area forecast: Delightful today, and warm tomorrow with showers or storms a risk


Everything in bloom and greening up on R St NW. (angela n./Flickr)

Today’s daily digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

9/10: Just about perfect. We could use some of that!

Express forecast

  • Today: Partly to mostly sunny Highs: Low-to-mid 70s.
  • Tonight: Turning cloudy. Lows: Upper 50s to low 60s.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. P.M. showers and storms. Highs: 70s.

Forecast in detail

Today’s one of those kinds of days that helps you forget all your worries. Sunshine is dominant and the winds only make it feel more pleasant. Do make sure to grab some sunscreen while on your socially distant walk, as our sun is becoming very strong. By tomorrow, clouds are returning to the sky. Of course, that means rain won’t be too far behind.

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Today (Saturday): It’s the kind of day you think of when you think spring, which means it’s actually kind of uncommon given all the swings during the season. Highs reach the low-and-mid 70s under mostly sunny skies. A northwest breeze only adds to the day’s beauty. Enjoy, with proper distance! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds increase with time. A couple showers could work into the area in the late-night hours, especially after midnight. It’s mild, with lows in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Southerly flow continues into the midday out ahead of a front. You may feel some slight mugginess as some showers and storms develop and pass by into the afternoon. Readings should make it well into the 70s most spots, although the timing of rain may impact that a bit. Winds turn back to come from the northwest during the afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Additional showers and storms are possible during the evening and into the early overnight. It’s a bit uncertain if these come together, but they could produce some localized heavy rain if so. Just what we need. Heading toward dawn, skies are clearing and lows range from the upper 40s to the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

A look ahead

Since time is less relevant than ever in our current world, Monday looks all-around awesome. In fact, I’ll ignore the whole Monday thing entirely — other than mentioning it multiple times here — and focus on the sun-filled skies and pleasant temperatures. Highs in the upper 60s and lower 70s are about perfect, and not too far from normal. Confidence: Medium

By Tuesday, we’ve got the next weather-maker to watch. They keep coming! I think it mainly stays to our south, but you never know. Clouds are more prevalent once again, and some showers are a risk, especially by afternoon. High temperatures are in the 60s to near 70. Confidence: Low-Medium

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