D.C. area forecast: A taste of spring the next few days

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. 52-58. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Near freezing to near 40. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Upper 50s to low 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Today (Saturday): After a chilly start, that powerful March sun goes to work and gives us a pretty nice one. If averages were a little warmer I’d have bumped the digit past 8! Winds are light, and with that plentiful sun, temperatures ranging from about 52-58 should be mostly delightful. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies are mostly clear and winds are generally light. You’ll still want at least a light jacket if out, but temperatures aren’t too cold. We eventually get down to near freezing in the suburbs and right around 40 downtown. Don’t forget to set any of those weird clocks that need manual changing before bed. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Take today and make it a little bit warmer, with extra clouds floating by, especially by afternoon. Not too shabby! This should be a busy weekend outdoors with folks taking in the milder weather. Highs range from the upper 50s to low 60s most spots. Oh, that extra evening light... so very sweet! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Clouds continue to thicken and lower a bit during the night, but no precipitation is expected. Those clouds help keep temperatures up a bit thanks to their “blanketing” effect. This should lead to fairly uniform lows in the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

We start the work week on Monday with mostly cloudy skies. Fear not though, as it will still be mild. Look for afternoon temps to make it up around 60 to the low 60s, perhaps a bit higher if we get enough sun We may start to pick up a shower threat by late afternoon or evening, and that risk grows to likely through the night with lows reaching the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

Showers remain likely, at least in the morning on Tuesday as a wave of low pressure forms along the front. This may help enhance rainfall for a while, possibly lasting through the morning commute. With some luck, rain ends before noon, bringing clearing skies the rest of the day. Temps are a little tricky, as they could end up mild with enough sun, but I’ll hedge to the mid-50s for now. Confidence: Low-Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.

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