The sun will come out ...
All these clouds should begin to burn off as we move into the afternoon, ushering in an extended period of sunny and hot summer weather right into next week.
You can thank the arrival of high pressure, which is gradually shoving the stalled cold front and all its showers and storms off to our south and east. That will clear the air here and allow daytime highs to begin to creep higher again. From today's forecast high at BWI of 86 degrees - about right for this time of year - the highs will climb to 90 degrees by Sunday or Monday, if the forecast holds up.
The's no rain in the forecast until Wednesday, when the chance for showers and thunderstorms will rise to 30 percent.
Beach weather will be a bit cooler, with highs near 80 degrees, but with higher risks for showers and thunderstorms as the front takes longer to clear the area down there.
All in all, not a bad way for teachers (and kids) to ease into the end of summer vacation.
(SUN PHOTO by Kim Hairston/July 2009)