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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2012

D.C. area forecast: Clouds begin return today, shower chances not far behind

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Increasing/thickening clouds. Upper 40s to low 50s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Shower? Mid-30s to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy, showers likely. Near 50 to mid-50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Compared to the rest of December so far, the last two days were a real treat with barely a cloud to be seen. If you’re seeking more sun, it may be on short supply. With some luck, we’ll get some breaks and thinner clouds will let that light shine through at times today, but that’s the best we do in the next few. A couple shots at rain are up ahead as well, just don’t plan on any major relief for long-term deficits in the region.

Today (Saturday): No real weather worries for our Saturday, which I’m sure comes as good news to most of you. We should expect cloudiness to increase during the day, hopefully starting off rather thin though. Highs range from near 50 to the lower 50s most spots. Breezes shift around toward a southerly direction, sustained around 5-10 mph at peak. . Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds thicken more, and we may have a passing sprinkle during the evening or early night. I’m not even sure I’d suggest an umbrella for that chance at this point. The shower risk does go up a bit after midnight and heading into morning. Temperatures are kept up by the clouds and wind from the south, with lows reaching the mid-30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Passing energy aloft likely sends us showers here and there (60% chance). It doesn’t appear it will be heavy, but much of the area could see a ground wetting to perhaps a tenth of an inch or two of rain by evening. Still, it shouldn’t rain all the time and we may end up with extended breaks. Despite the clouds and showers, a mild air mass should boost temperatures to a range from near 50 to the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers that could persist through the evening probably taper overnight, though a slight (20%) risk remains into the morning. With the warm air mass more established, lows only make the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Clouds get us going into the work week Monday, but we might start out the day dry as low pressure develops to our southwest. As the day progresses, showers become likely and that potential lasts through the night. Increasing south to southeast winds mean temperatures should be fairly mild even with some rain around, so upper 50s to low 60s seem possible. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday might be one of those high temperature near midnight days, depending on the timing of a cold front behind the storm. A slight chance of showers should give way to clearing skies and gusty northwest winds by midday or so. Afternoon readings should reach the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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