05/21/2012 08:35 am ET

Periodic Rain Will Dominate D.C. Weather This Week

WASHINGTON -- After a gorgeous weekend, rain will be the name of the game for this week's weather in the nation's capital. While it won't be a complete washout, expect periods of rain periodically coming in from the east, where a coastal low is churning offshore in the Atlantic.

As Capital Weather Gang reports, when you add in a cold front from the west, it "bring us an extended dose of warmth, noticeable humidity, and a daily chance of showers and storms. On the bright side, at least we should make some more dents in our rainfall deficit."

The moisture moved into the D.C. area late Sunday, prompting WRC-TV/NBC4 meteorologist Doug Kammerer to declare Monday morning to be a "nasty" one. So far, it hasn't been terrible.

A larger mass of rain moved to the north and west out of D.C. before 8 a.m. with scattered rain elsewhere in the region. During the course of the day, chances of rain will diminish before another round that could develop toward evening.

What about the rest of the week? According to WJLA-TV/ABC7:

There will be daily chance of showers and thunderstorms but keep in min[d] these showers and isolated thunderstorms will be occasional.

Drier air is expected to move into the D.C. area for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

There's also a tropical storm off Florida and Georgia that's helping to send some moisture up our way, but Alberto won't have much of an impact on weather in the D.C. area since it'll be staying out at sea as it heads northeast away from the United States mainland.