Most Read: Local

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/13/2012

D.C. area forecast: Cool today, but warming up Sunday ahead of next front


Today: Mostly sunny. Upper 50s to low 60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Low 40s to near 50. | Tomorrow: Partly cloudy. 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10

Cold start and a cool day. Otherwise, it’s lookin’ mighty fine. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook


After a frosty and frozen night, we see the first signs of warmer times today even though it stays rather cool. A shift in wind to the south and southwest ahead of a large central U.S. storm brings us an above average temperature regime at least into Monday. Another front arrives as we begin the week, but the air behind it doesn’t appear as cold as what we got dealt with yesterday’s. The next (or first if you missed it) freeze is probably a while off.

Today (Saturday): If you’re up early to check for frost, throw on a jacket! After sunrise, we’ve got lots of blue sky on tap. Thanks to relatively light winds, cool temperatures should still feel pretty nice. Highs generally head for 60 or so, which might mean upper 50s for some places and low 60s for others. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The return of a wind from the south brings in enough moisture to keep temperatures from tumbling like we’ve seen lately. Add in a few passing clouds, and readings should only dip to the low 40s in the typically colder spots to the upper 40s or near 50 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast into next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Partly to mostly sunny skies team up with an increased south wind to give us one of the warmer days we’ve seen in some time. Highs range from about 72-78, maybe mainly on the high end. That south wind is noticeable though, with gusts up to around 25 mph possible. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: As the front to the west begins to approach and moisture builds out ahead of it, clouds should be more numerous. Partly to mostly cloudy overall. Lows range from the low 50s to the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium


On Monday, we get our next cold front passing through. It’s a bit tricky as it appears to come in mainly dry, but there are signs it might moisten up crossing the region. A 40-50% chance of showers should suffice, with the best chance of rain of note to the east. Highs rise to the low-and-mid 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday features a return of sunnier conditions behind the front. That also means we’ll be dealing with cooler air again, but not too cool really. Look for highs in the low-to-mid 60s -- which is back below average for a little bit longer. Confidence: Medium

By  |  05:00 AM ET, 10/13/2012

Categories:  Forecasts

Read what others are saying

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company