Forecast Details for Washington, DC

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Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Thursday Night: Rain after 2am. Low around 50. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming southeast in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Friday: Rain before 11am, then showers likely, mainly between 11am and 2pm. High near 66. East wind 7 to 9 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday Night: A chance of showers, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northwest wind around 7 mph becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday: A chance of showers after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Saturday Night: A chance of showers before 8pm. Partly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 61.
Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 42.
Monday: Sunny, with a high near 67.
Monday Night: Clear, with a low around 48.
Tuesday: Sunny, with a high near 77.
Tuesday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 57.
Wednesday: Sunny, with a high near 81.

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Hail is a form of precipitation which is recognized by large solid balls or clumps of ice. Hail is created by thunderstorm clouds with strong updrafts of wind. As the hailstones remain in the updraft, ice is deposited onto them until their weight becomes heavy enough for them to fall to the earth's surface.

Hail storms can cause significant damage to crops, aircrafts, and man-made structures, despite the fact that the duration is usually less than ten minutes.

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Weather Topic: What is Rain?

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Precipitation in the form of water droplets is called rain. Rain generally has a tendency to fall with less intensity over a greater period of time, and when rainfall is more severe it is usually less sustained.

Rain is the most common form of precipitation and happens with greater frequency depending on the season and regional influences. Cities have been shown to have an observable effect on rainfall, due to an effect called the urban heat island. Compared to upwind, monthly rainfall between twenty and forty miles downwind of cities is 30% greater.

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