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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sun and high thin clouds. 50-54. | Tonight: Calm, partly starry. 29-37. | Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, p.m. showers possible. 49-53. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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FORECAST IN DETAIL


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

Today (Thursday): The sun should be present and accounted for but a big storm spinning out in the Plains should throw high clouds our way, especially in the afternoon. That, along with a breeze out of the north, serves to hold most area highs in the lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The veil of clouds keeps all but the brightest stars under cover. High pressure brings dry air and calm winds that allow lows to fall to the upper 20s suburbs to mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Clouds are thicker today as the storm, now in the Midwest, pushes by us to the north. It is likely to push a line of light showers across the region by late in the afternoon, which could slicken roads and sidewalks for evening commuters. Rain chances are 60%. Highs are held down by this mess and do no better than upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The showers could linger well into the evening (60% chance) but should be gone by midnight. A breeze out of the south keeps lows in the low-to-mid 40s. This is near levels where our normal highs are this time of year! Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is the day you must come up with any excuse to get outside and enjoy a breath of spring. Skies should be mainly sunny. Breezes out of the southwest are in full force and highs respond generously, reaching the mid-to-upper 60s. I would not be surprised to see a spot or two reach 70. The evening remains tranquil with readings in the lower 60s. Overnight lows “fall” to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday could be even better than Saturday but my guess is that clouds are going to begin to stray into the area during the day and spoil the party. Even so, highs should easily make the low-to-mid 60s and if the clouds are late, then upper 60s again. Overnight is another mild one with lows in the lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Clouds are quite likely to hold down temperatures onMonday but with highs still in the lower 60s, who can grouse. There is a strong cold front approaching from the Midwest and unless it puts on the brakes is likely to push showers into the region by late day (60% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.

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