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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/19/2012

D.C. area forecast: Feelin’ like fall today, then warmer before weekend cold front


Today: Mostly sunny, a bit breezy. Low-to-mid 70s. | Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. 40s to mid-50s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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As we often see this time of year, there is a silver lining to stormy days like yesterday - the gorgeous stretches of fall weather that follow. Today through Friday is a perfect example with sunshine, pleasant daytime highs in the 70s to near 80, and refreshingly cool nights. A cold front brings rain chances back at some point during the weekend, but timing and duration are uncertain.

Today (Wednesday): Behind yesterday’s storms and humid air, we find ourselves with much drier air today and plenty of sun. Winds from the north are a bit breezy, around 10-15 mph, and help hold highs to the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Are you ready for this??!! ... Under mostly clear skies, temperatures fall all the way to lows in the mid-50s in the city and into the 40s outside the Beltway. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Awesome day on the way for tomorrow! High pressure holds court, which allows mostly sunny skies to warm temperatures nicely from their cool start. Highs should reach the mid-to-upper 70s with light winds. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Several degrees warmer than tonight but still quite pleasant. Skies are mostly clear as lows dip to the 50s to near 60. Confidence: High


The good times roll right through Friday with another great day. Skies remain mostly sunny and highs rise to the low 80s. Friday night lows are warmer still, in the upper 50s to 60s. Confidence: High

A cold front on the way through means some uncertainty with the weekend forecast. Best chance of showers looks like Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. That chance could linger into Sunday, or the front could move far enough way for clearing skies. Temperatures likely drop from highs in the 80s on Saturday to the 70s on Sunday. Confidence: Low-Medium

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