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Storm Team4 Forecast: Poor air quality alert in effect due to smoky, gray skies

Here's the forecast and latest weather for D.C., Maryland and Virginia

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4 things to know about the weather:

  1. WEATHER ALERT: Poor Air Quality
  2. Smoky Gray Skies
  3. Near Average Temperatures
  4. Wetter Pattern Next Week

The warm and dry pattern that has been impacting our region since the first of the year has also helped to fuel the massive fires in Canada. The smoke from those fires has been present in our skies quite a bit over the past few weeks and, thanks to the current wind pattern, will be especially thick over the next few days.

Large portions of the D.C. metro area are now in CODE RED air quality. At this level, all strenuous outdoor activities should be limited as best as possible. For those with underlying heart, lung and health issues, staying in air-conditioned locations is strongly recommended. This poor air quality will be an issue today and tomorrow with some improvement towards the weekend.

Here is a link to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments where more information about this poor air quality can be found.

As for the weather itself, mainly dry conditions with near-average temperatures are to be expected. Highs will be near 80° today and Thursday with only a few showers over our southernmost counties. There will be a slightly higher chance (30%) for a scattered shower on Friday afternoon.

Most if not all of the weekend will be dry. Highs will reach the low to mid-80s on Saturday and the mid- to upper 80s on Sunday. Rain chances will climb to 60% for Monday.

10-day and extended forecast

Sun and Clouds
Thick Haze/Smoke
Poor Air Quality
Wind: Northwest 5-10 mph
Chance Of Rain: 0%
HIGHS: 76° - 82°

Passing Clouds
Thick Haze/Smoke
Poor Air Quality
Wind: East 4-8 mph
Chance Of Rain: 0%
LOWS: 56° - 64°

Partly Cloudy
Thick Haze/Smoke
Poor Air Quality
Isolated Shower Possible
Chance Of Rain: <20%
Wind: Northeast 5-10 mph
HIGHS: 75° - 80°

Partly/Mostly Cloudy
A Bit Cooler
Scattered PM Showers
Chance Of Rain: 30%
Wind: Northwest 5-15 mph
HIGHS: 72° - 78°

Mostly Sunny
Steady Breeze
Wind: Northwest 10-15 mph
Chance Of Rain: 0%
HIGHS: 80° - 85°

Sunrise: 5:43 a.m. Sunset: 8:31 p.m.
Average High: 83° Average Low: 65°

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