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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/14/2012

D.C. area forecast: Limited-time offer on sunshine, expiring again soon

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny, splendid. 50-56. | Tonight: Seasonable, clouds increasing. Upper 20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Sunny a.m., cloudier p.m. 48-54. | Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Showers possible. Low-to-mid 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

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


Bright skies, comfortable (above average) for December. Let’s again go with a high ranking, for a second day! Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


Grab the sunshine while you can! It may not last past Saturday (morning?), so get outside. Even with impending clouds and showers into Sunday and early next week, we don’t have much to worry about considering what December can bring. Mainly a somewhat bright couple days turning into that drab December we have gotten familiar with this year. But don’t get me wrong, we need the rain. Luckily, heavier showers may come our way soon.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Friday): Layers are a good idea because the chilly morning coat could come off during our sunnier, mild afternoon, largely featuring temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s. Luckily, breezes remain light, generally out of the west, but that doesn’t mean it will feel consistently comfortable. Those shady spots will feel a good bit cooler than those sunnier ones! Confidence: High

Tonight: Little twilight time after sunset makes it dark quickly and temperatures drop with the sun, too. Slowly some clouds may make their way through our skies during the late night hours, but not soon enough to prevent temperatures from getting as cold as the upper 20s to the mid-30s. Wintry! As it should be? Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Gives us one more worry-free weather day. It may be tempting to shop indoors, but I encourage some outdoor activity so you don’t miss the sunshine in the coming days as much. High clouds may stream in heavily during the afternoon—we may not have a great sunset at all. But at least we are comfortable, with high temperatures hitting 50, if not a few spots of mid-50s, south of town. Earlier clouds could shave off a few degrees though. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: It looks like clouds want to start blanketing the area in short order. This may help keep temperatures from dipping below freezing in even the coldest spots, thus creating a low temperature range in from 33-39 (downtown). As we progress toward dawn, shower chances do tick upwards from about 10% chance at midnight, toward 30% before dawn. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Is perhaps an unwelcome extinguishing of the blue skies we had started enjoying again. Mostly cloudy skies seem to overtake us, with showers on the increase as the day goes on (30-40% chance) – at least they’d be light. Luckily for warmer-weather lovers, we have a light but steady southerly breeze assist the temperatures (in lieu of sun) so that they reach the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Not much changes, as clouds and showers continue, perhaps increasing in coverage (50-60% chance) and intensity slightly. Ultimately before dawn, temperatures manage to dip into the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday appears to be solidly in the cloudy camp, as it looks now. Yes, a low pressure system could move by the region, from the south, but it won’t be exciting in the wintry type of way, it seems. Morning rain showers (40% chance) may pick up during the day, but that’s in some doubt. Overall, you have at least a 50/50 shot when it’s done of seeing rain. Temperatures may hover around 50 for much of the day, and only reach the mid-50s for a “high” temperature… perhaps in the morning, before rains cool us off a few degrees. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday is more of the same, as either an additional coastal low pressure tries to form or the original storm slowly moves away. Mostly cloudy skies appear to prevail, along with a solid 40% chance of rain or rain showers. High temperatures in the 40s to around 50 appear possible. We’ll of course keep you posted as we get closer, and we have more confidence in the forecast. Confidence: Low

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