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

D.C. area forecast: Nicer weather arrives today and should stick around, too


Today: Partly sunny. Chance of a.m. drizzle. Near 70 to low 70s. | Tonight: Slight chance of evening shower. Near 40 to upper 40s. | Tomorrow: Sunny. Mid-60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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Good news if you’re tired of the cloudy chill. Early clouds, maybe some drizzle, give way to a sunnier & warmer afternoon. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook


Despite clouds this morning, sunnier and warmer times are close at hand - welcome news after our early-October chill. In fact, by the time the Nationals take the field this afternoon, we should have a good deal of sun shining down and temperatures well into the 60s. Eventually we may hit 70 later today, and while we cool off a bit tomorrow, it’s a generally pleasant forecast straight through the weekend.

Today (Wednesday): We could see some drizzle during the early-to-mid morning along with mostly cloudy skies. But skies should turn partly sunny by late morning, and a mild 5-15 mph breeze from the southwest helps afternoon highs to near 70 to the low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The evening is a mostly pleasant one, but with a slight chance of a shower as a cold front finishes moving through. As skies clear and winds turn cooler from the northwest, overnight lows sink to near 40 in the coldest suburbs to the mid-to-upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Nothing but sun with high pressure solidly in control. Even with a cool start, the dry air warms up nicely, with temperatures rebounding to the mid-60s for afternoon highs. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Under mostly clear skies, temperatures tomorrow night should find their way down to where we’ll see them tonight - from near 40 to the upper 40s. Confidence: High


High pressure holds court Friday and Saturday. The result is partly to mostly sunny skies and pleasant highs in the mid-60s to near 70. Friday night lows are quite cool again, mainly in the 40s, while Saturday night lows warm a bit to the mid-40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday should see further warming ahead of the next cold front. Highs aim for near 70 to the mid-70s. Skies should remain at least partly sunny, and for now it looks like shower chances hold off until Sunday night or Monday. Confidence: Medium

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