Wet start to rainy Memorial Day weekend in DC area

It was a wet start to what could be a wet Memorial Day weekend. But the sun could make an appearance Monday, as the area observes the holiday. Here’s what you need to know.

A cold front is now pushing into the region.

Friday ended wet and chilly with lows in the lower 50s. Temperatures will remain in the 50s Saturday and Sunday, with showers likely.

According to Storm Team4 meteorologist Chuck Bell, the struggle for Saturday and Sunday will be to get above 60, which is 20 degrees cooler than average.

One bright spot (pun intended): Sunshine will return for Memorial Day and Tuesday. Afternoon highs should return to the mid 70s to near 80, Bell said.

Earlier Friday, a powerful thunderstorm system, deemed “discrete supercells,” moved across the Potomac River, bringing storms, high winds to southern Maryland, including the southern suburbs south of U.S. Route 50 and Interstate 66.

As for the Maryland and Delaware beaches this weekend, there are still high rain chances through Saturday evening with high temperatures in the low 60s, according to Bell.

For Virginia beaches, Bell said there’s a high rain chance for Saturday, but those areas should get more sunshine on Sunday. Temperatures will be near 80 Saturday but stay in the mid- to upper 60s on Sunday.

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Saturday: Cloudy with lingering showers and unseasonably cool, damp and breezy. Highs: Upper 50s to near 60.

Sunday: Mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers. Still unseasonably cool. Highs: Upper 50s to low 60s.

Monday/Memorial Day: Becoming mostly sunny. Milder and more seasonable. Highs: Low-to-mid 70s.


Glynis Kazanjian

Glynis Kazanjian has been a freelance writer covering Maryland politics and government on the local, state and federal levels for the last 11 years. Her work is published in Maryland Matters, the Baltimore Post Examiner, Bethesda Beat and Md. Reporter. She has also worked as a true crime researcher.

Will Vitka

William Vitka is a Digital Writer/Editor for WTOP.com. He's been in the news industry for over a decade. Before joining WTOP, he worked for CBS News, Stuff Magazine, The New York Post and wrote a variety of books—about a dozen of them, with more to come.

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