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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/09/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cold air retreating for several days, but for how long?

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mainly sunny, less brisk. 53-59. | Tonight: Chilly but calmer. 33-44. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Gorgeous. 59-66. | Sunday: Warm, sunny, enjoyable. Mid-60s to near 70. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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FORECAST IN DETAIL


Air that won’t whip us around or chill us to the bone like it’s winter? Let’s take it while we can get it! Enjoy a string of milder days with blue skies, and retreating breezes. Our next cold front ushers a change for us around mid-week next week, but pretend for the sake of this wonderful holiday weekend, that I didn’t even mention it...

Today (Friday): The word is “incremental.” That’s how to describe our slow but steady warming pattern—with a few degrees extra each day. Sunny skies only have a few clouds interference during the afternoon. The sun’s warmth helps fend off the slightly chilly feel to the west-northwesterly breezes, but it’s not as blustery as yesterday. High temperatures should make it into the mid-to-upper 50s for almost all of us in the region. Confidence: High

Tonight: We may still feel chilly, yes, but at least we calm down our breezes even further—virtually eliminating that wind chill. With said calmer conditions, and mainly-clear skies, temperatures drop quickly toward lows in the the mid-30s outside the Beltway (32 degrees possible along I-81) with low 40s probable downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Saturday): This one should feel good. High temperatures set their sights on the 60 degree mark, with mid-60s possible for many of us (downtown and south of town). Calm winds, clear skies, and... does this list really need a third item? Get outside and stave off any recent doldrums you may have been feeling—soak up the precious UV rays! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Evening skies may possess some clouds, but they slowly clear away. Grab the jacket or the light coat, as those insulating clouds dissipate, since temperatures do drop noticeably toward the upper 30s in some of the coldest spots north and west of town—with downtown hovering in the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Veterans Day (Sunday): Pretty much brilliant. Sunny skies make it a great day to head out to Arlington National Cemetery to observe the occasion. Even if staying downtown and touring around, mid-60s to near 70 are inviting enough to simply walk in the historic neighborhood around Veterans Affairs headquarters—2 blocks from the White House. Enjoy the southerly breezes, which are ushering in this warmer (thawing-us-out?) air mass. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night should give us pleasant conditions for the evening, under partially cloudy skies. We may even see a few stars. Enjoy the temperatures only slowly dropping toward the mid-to-upper 40s, by just before sunrise. Confidence: Medium

Monday makes me envious of you government folks with a day off! Enjoy the somewhat sunny conditions and high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. South of town, 70 degrees may be possible. The tricky aspect to the forecast is predicting just how fast a cold front approaches our region, from the Midwest. It could throw clouds and an isolated shower (10% chance) toward us by sunset. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday is when clouds and showers (40-50% chance) are more likely, especially by the afternoon. The cold front should be closing in on our region, so enjoy one last day of mild temperatures near or above 60 degrees. Check back with us later for higher confidence in the details! Confidence: Low

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