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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/16/2012

D.C. area forecast: Totally terrific Tuesday through Thursday with showers by Friday


Today: Sunny, supurb. 64-68. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 37-46. | Tomorrow: Sunny, slightly warmer. 66-71. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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After a hodge-podge Monday, we are now treated to three perfectly fine autumn days. High pressure-induced sunshine dominates our story today, tomorrow, and Thursday before the next weather system arrrives for Thursday night and Friday. Temperatures gradually get warmer each day with 60s today and 70s by Thursday and Friday. The weekend is setting up to be another nice period with highs mainly in the comfortable if not slightly cool 60s.

Today (Tuesday): A downright pulchritudinous day prevails with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s as high pressure drifts over the area. Breezes in the 10-15 mph range could occasionally push a bit higher. Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear with calmer winds and lows ranging from the upper 30s in the outer suburbs to the middle 40s in the city. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Mostly sunny skies yet again as temperatures inch up just a degree or two higher- still in the mid-to-upper 60s mainly, but a few 70-degree hits are possible. Light winds. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear again with warmer lows ranging from the middle 40s to the low 50s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High


Thursday should be partly to mostly sunny yet again with highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Clouds increase a bit more Thursday night with a slight chance of showers (30%) especially toward dawn as lows only dip down to the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

Friday finds another cold front sweeping the area with the potential for showers and maybe even a thunderstorm. Probability of precipitation is about 60% right now, but the timing of the front could be faster or slower. Highs push into the upper 60s to low 70s. Gradual clearing Friday night with lows ranging from the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend is looking splendid currently with partly to mostly sunny skies, highs in the 60s, lows in the 40s in the city (some 30s in the ‘burbs), and no threats of rain currently. We’ll keep an eye on the situation, but for now, I can’t find much to complain about here for this second-to-last weekend of October. Confidence: Low-Medium

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