“I’m not one of those young girls with high heels and especially if an event is taking place outside, you don’t want your high heels digging into the wet ground,” said Francesca Craig, former secretary long-standing social worker of the French Embassy.
But Craig said the rain doesn’t really affect his weekend pen pal night outfits anyway, joking: “I never know what I’m going to wear until ten minutes before anything. way.”
Tammy Haddad said she was still expecting the same number of people at her famous garden brunch to be held in Georgetown on Saturday, saying the rain wouldn’t affect her party: “We’re still sheltering the garden.”
Nor does the rain interfere with POLITICO’s annual brunch, held Sunday at the Georgetown home of POLITICO founder and former owner Robert Allbritton and his wife Elena Allbritton.
“It’s all under tents, and we knew the rain was coming, so we got more tents,” he said. He added that it is rather a good thing that it rains on Friday because if there are leaks in any of the tents, they can go and fix them. But he said the weather can easily change.
“I’ve been flying planes long enough to know they can’t predict the weather three hours in advance, let alone three days,” he said, “so I always want to be prepared for anything.”
The culprit is a series of storm systems moving from the southeastern United States, across the mid-Atlantic and into New England. The wettest days will be Friday and Sunday, but showers could occur anytime throughout the weekend.
Friday could be the wettest day so far this year in Washington. Heavy rain was already underway Friday morning, but the heaviest rains are expected in the late afternoon and evening. The storm is also expected to produce strong winds off the Atlantic, with easterly gusts of up to 40 miles per hour Friday evening.
Cooler than average temperatures will also prevail: high temperatures are expected to be in the lower 60s, around 10 degrees below normal for this time of year.
Saturday — the day of the dinner, hosted at the Washington Hilton Hotel — might be spared. Some rain is possible Saturday morning — there’s a 60 percent chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service office in Sterling, Va. — and rain is also possible Saturday evening, mostly after midnight, when the evenings after the dinner are usually complete swing.
With drier conditions, Saturday will also be a bit warmer than Friday. Temperatures are expected to peak in the high 60s or low 70s on Saturday afternoon. (The average high temperature is 73 degrees.)
Closing out the weekend on Sunday, more rain is likely – including a risk of strong or severe thunderstorms as a low pressure system climbs the Atlantic coast from southeast to New England. High temperatures should be in the 60s.
If not to disrupt weekend plans for revelers and everyone else in the area, the DC area could use the rain. According to the National Drought Mitigation Center — a cooperative effort between the University of Nebraska, the Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — much of the mid-Atlantic is experiencing “moderate drought.”
Entering Friday, Washington has received 6.81 inches of rain so far this year – well below the statistical average of 11.84 inches. April has also been dry – 1.48 inches of rain so far, averaging 3.21 inches for the whole month – although the next three days will likely wipe out most if not all of that deficit.
Minor flooding is possible Friday and Sunday. A coastal flood advisory is in effect for Washington with possible flooding along the Potomac River levee on Ohio Drive and along the Tidal Basin. Some flooding on urban streets is possible later Friday, though the city’s rivers and streams — the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, as well as Rock Creek — are unlikely to flood given the drought conditions in the region.