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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/09/2013

D.C. area forecast: Temperatures up, heating costs down through the weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. 10% chance of p.m. shower. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. 10% chance of evening shower. 30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Mostly to partly sunny a.m. Increasing p.m. clouds? Near 50 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


Highs well into 50s have me thinking even higher than 8. But will hold back with even warmer days ahead. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

SNOW POTENTIAL INDEX

A daily assessment of the potential for *accumulating* snow for the next week on a 0-10 scale. More info


SPI: 0 (→) - Highs on their way to the 60s by the weekend have the SPI as low as it can go. Get the SPI on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


It’s hard to say we are “due” this warm-up given the winter hasn’t been particularly cold to begin with. That said, it’s been plenty cold enough for sweaters and heavy jackets. So I’m still inclined to view highs in the 50s and 60s over the next several days as a welcome reprieve from the season’s more typical chill, which should return later this month. Snow is a definite no-show for the time being, but we do have a couple chances for rain showers.

Today (Wednesday): A mild breeze from the southwest helps temperatures several degrees higher than yesterday. It’s a pretty darn nice one out there with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-to-upper 50s. Just a slight chance of a brief afternoon shower as a mainly dry cold front approaches. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: As that moisture-starved cold front comes through, can’t rule out a slight chance of a brief evening shower. Otherwise, we’ll see skies become mostly clear with lows mostly in the 30s, maybe up near 40 at Reagan National. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): High pressure should keep us mostly to partly sunny through the morning. But it may weaken enough to allow clouds to stream in during the afternoon as a system approaches from the southwest. Temperatures are cooler than today, but still a good deal above average with highs near 50 to the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies turn mostly cloudy Thursday night, and the clouds might squeeze out a shower or two (20-30% chance). The insulating effect of the clouds means mild lows for this time of year, in the mid-30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday doesn’t look like a rainy day at this point, but we do run a bit higher risk (40% chance) of scattered showers. It’s possible a steadier area of rain makes a run at us mid-afternoon into evening, but it may also veer north of the area. We’re still on the mild side despite mostly cloudy skies, with highs near 50 to the low 50s. Shower chances decrease overnight or toward morning with lows not very low at all - in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Saturday is shaping up as an absolute winner with partly sunny skies and a warm flow from the south pushing highs into the 60s, followed by Saturday night lows in the 40s. Sunday is still warm, with highs probably into the 60s again. But it does look cloudier with maybe some showers (20-40% chance). Confidence: Low-Medium

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