D.C. area forecast

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Isolated a.m. shower? Increasing sun, breezy. Mid-50s to low 60s. | Tonight: Clear skies. Upper 20s to upper 30s. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Upper 40s to near 50. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


FORECAST IN DETAIL


Today (Wednesday): Might see an isolated early-morning shower. Otherwise, skies clear from northwest to southeast during the mid-to-late morning in the wake of a cold front. Temperatures are mainly steady in the mid-50s to low 60s for much of the day, before dropping off in the late afternoon as the cooler air mass starts to settle in. It’s rather breezy throughout the day, with 15-20 mph winds from the northwest gusting to near 30 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds subside as high pressure builds in, and clear skies allow plenty of the daytime warmth to escape. The result? Temperatures sink to lows from the upper 20s to low 30s in the colder suburbs, to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): It’s a cooler, sunny and calm day with light winds. Our overnight chill lingers through the morning, but we defrost a bit by afternoon as sunshine lifts highs to the upper 40s to near 50. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: It’s a pretty average night for the early part of December. We may see clouds start to increase a bit - we’ll call it partly cloudy - as lows bottom from near 30 to the upper 30s (suburbs to city) . Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

A nearby warm front turns skies partly to mostly cloudy on Friday. I wouldn’t rule out a shower, but any activity should be light and isolated. We’re back to more of a flow from the south, which may boost temperatures a few degrees higher than Thursday - if the clouds don’t hold us back. Look for highs in the upper 40s to mid-50s, followed by mild Friday night lows in the 40s with a continued chance of an isolated light shower. Confidence: Medium

On Saturday, clockwise flow around high pressure centered off the coast pumps warmer air our way from the south. Highs head for the 60s with partly sunny skies and still the chance of an isolated shower. Saturday night lows are super mild, in the upper 40s to low 50s, with a little better chance (30%) of some showers. Confidence: Medium

With a warm front still near the area, Sunday may turn out to be a rather cloudy day with a chance of showers. Temperatures are going to depend on exactly where the front lines up, so for now we’re looking at a large forecast range for highs - somewhere in the 50s or 60s. Confidence:Low

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.

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