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

D.C. area forecast: Cool and dry next few days before weekend shower threat


Today: Partly sunny to mostly cloudy. Upper 40s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid-20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Upper 40s to low 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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To be honest, I thought Mother Nature would come up with something more memorable for 12/12/12 than a near-average winter day. At least she kicked up some winds on 11/11/11, and conjured up some mighty gorgeous conditions for 10/10/10. The only real mystery today is exactly how much sun we see, whereas tomorrow we’re more sure to see plenty of it. Temperatures warm a bit Friday and Saturday before our next chance of showers arrives.

Today (Wednesday): The cold front that ushered in this colder air remains stalled off the Southeast U.S. coast, probably close enough to keep some areas covered with more clouds than sun, especially from around the District toward points south and east. We’ll call it partly sunny to mostly cloudy with light winds from the north and highs in the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Daytime highs right around average lead to nighttime lows right around average as well. Lows should range from the mid-20s to mid-30s (suburbs to city) under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): The cold front hanging out off the coast should slip far enough out to sea to allow us a mostly sunny day (finally!). The sun helps nudge temperatures a touch warmer with highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Clear skies and light winds lead us to another night with temperatures near the seasonal norm. Look for lows in the mid-20s to low 30s. Confidence: High


High pressure keeps us dry on Friday and most likely through the day Saturday as well. Highs head for the low-to-mid 50s both days, with mostly sunny skies on Friday and partly cloudy skies Saturday. Friday night lows are pretty much satus quo, in the mid-20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

Our next storm system brings mostly cloudy skies Saturday night and Sunday with a 40% chance of showers, mainly late Saturday night through midday Sunday the way it looks now. But for sure both the odds and timing could change. Saturday night lows should be well above average, in the upper 30s to mid-40s, with Sunday highs in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

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