Visiting Washington DC 5/21-6/1: what to wear?

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  1. skunk macrumors G4

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    My wife is visiting DC with a friend next week: can any Washington residents advise on weather conditions, humidity, practical clothing for this time of year, please?
     
  2. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    it's tough. it's been anywhere between 55-75 degrees fahrenheit around here recently. during the day that is. at night it can creep down to around 45...

    it's fairly certain that it will rain at least a time or two during that stretch of 10 days. it's definitely going to be humid too, although it hasn't been too awful, yet.

    all depends on your temperature style (i wear shorts from around 65 degrees and up), but i'd suggest about an even mix of pants and shorts, a light raincoat, and maybe one warmer sweater...

    and one really long set of locks. but i guess you aren't coming with her
     
  3. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    This time of year the weather can be somewhat unpredictable. We are currently in the midst of a week of scattered T-storms, but it's still been pretty warm the last couple of weeks--around 20-25 degrees Celsius, but it can still get a bit cool at night so a light jacket at least would be in order. Humidity is moderate, maybe around 50-60%. I'd bring a travel umbrella just in case.

    In addition to that I'd also recommend the following:
    1. sunglasses and/or sun hat for the nicer days
    2. comfortable walking shoes since if she plans on going to the National Mall she could end up doing a lot of walking from one end to the other.
    3. pair of light pants or jeans and maybe a pair of shorts.
    4. shirts that are on the medium to lighter-weight side. I think in most cases you'll be able to get by with short sleeves and a jacket around this time of year.

    EDIT: 5. Just in case she plans on being outside a lot, bring sun screen.

    Hope that helps!
     
  4. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    Nah, stuck at home with the puppy, and a thesis to write.:(

    Thanks for the info.
     
  5. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    It certainly does. Guys are pretty hopeless at this kind of thing, aren't they?:)
     
  6. freeny macrumors 68020

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    Nothing that would insult the president. You may end up in jail.;)
     
  7. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    Just as a reference... I usually wear short sleeved or mid-length sleeved shirts with pants when the weather starts to get around 20 C. If your wife tends to get cold easily then have her pack a sweater or long shirt with the jacket in case she's here during one of the uncommonly cool days (say 12 C).

    If there's any concern about what clothing to bring, light layers are definitely the best way to plan to dress this time of year around here.
     
  8. jelloshotsrule macrumors G3

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    so i take it my post was totally unhelpful???? bastard!
     
  9. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    No, no, it was great! Really. It's just that florifee's specifics are in true Venutian dialect, rather than your rather coarse Martian. Easier to understand, you know.:)
     
  10. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Alligator loafers are considered de rigueur on K Street.
     
  11. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    I'll see if I can snap some up.
     
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    God damn. I wish you were coming. We could slag back some cheap American beer and complaine endlessly about the state of the world. :D
     
  13. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    I look forward to it next time, iGazza!

    :D
     
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    Gazza, go and get them ****ing pills. :D
     
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    That's a crock.
     
  16. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    It's really comfortable these days, but you may want to be ready for
    thunderstorms.
    Wear comfortable shoes!

    You have to see Tyson's Corner Shopping Center!

    Are you actually staying in Washington D.C. or out in the suburbs?

    I live 35 minutes from Dulles International Airport and a bit over an hour
    from downtown.
     
  17. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    Good advise. We have really had some great weather overall compared to most May months here so far. But that can change in a heartbeat! By now we should be seeing some hot days with high humidity. But so far it has been nice overall, save for a few days that approached what we normally would have seen.

    Here is the 10 day forecast from weather.com: http://www.weather.com/outlook/health/allergies/tenday/20001?from=36hr_fcst10DayLink_allergies

    Nothing mentions the humidity - which can suck the life out of you. We have had plenty of days of late that got close to 80; but they were low in humidity - so it felt more like a Fall day rather than a Summer one.

    All that being said skunk, as you have seen there are many of us here in the DC area. I am surprised that Clix Pix did not respond.

    You haven't said what you are truly on planning on doing while in the DC area, or where you will be staying. But there are many of us that might take turns individually or or in a small group of MR members - to show you some areas of DC that you might miss.

    Shameless plug for an idea that I posted on the DPF on MR: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=197767 :D

    But there is a likelihood that that you and your wife might connect with other MR members here and see some things that you might not otherwise see.

    I know, as iGary stated, would love to find a place to hoist a pint with you and the misses in your travels.
     
  18. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I've been to D.C. a good number of times in May/early June.

    It's a tough time, but what floriflee said above is pretty accurate.


    Bring a good mix...it can go from stiflingly hot to chilly and drizzly very quickly, and in the 10 days she'll be there, it'll probably go both ways.
     
  19. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    My bad. I thought you and your wife would be here. Totally missed that. :eek:

    Still there are those of us that would love to make sure that your wife had a safe and happy visit here in the US and in DC in particular.
     
  20. Temujin macrumors 6502a

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    I'd suggest rough woven rubber cloaks. Can never go wrong with rubber ;)
     
  21. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    Thanks to you all for your suggestions - especially the rubber cloak.:D
    I really wish I was coming, but this is a Girls Only trip.
     
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    Don't wear any religious headgear, or run with backpacks near the White House.
     
  23. floriflee macrumors 68030

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    So, skunk, any word on whether the missus has been able to brave the hot weather we've had here in D.C. the last few days? I hope she took our advice and packed a mixture of lighter-weight clothes. :)
     
  24. skunk thread starter macrumors G4

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    She's gone to the coast for a couple of days, so I guess she'll be cool. Coming back Wednesday, so I'd better start clearing up soon...:eek:
     
  25. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Heh heh. Have the mice been playing?
     

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