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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/03/2012

D.C. area forecast: Warming up once clouds clear, that is until weekend cold front


Today: Foggy a.m. with chance of drizzle, isolated shower. Partly sunny p.m. Low-to-mid 80s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. 60s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Near 80 to low 80s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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

Foggy start but no drenching rain for a.m. commute like yesterday, and some p.m. sun should be nice. Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook


Yesterday it was downpours that messed with the morning commute, and today it’s fog. Once we break into some afternoon sun, though, things are looking mild and mostly nice through Friday. A strong cold front likely pushes high temperatures down to the 60s starting Sunday. But the uncertain timing of the front means a low-confidence forecast in terms of when it might rain this weekend.

Today (Wednesday): Mostly cloudy morning skies, including some fog and the chance of drizzle or an isolated shower, should give way to a partly sunny afternoon and temperatures surging to highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Add in some noticeable humidity and it’ll feel a touch summery out there. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It’s a partly to mostly cloudy and fairly mild night given we’re into early October. The humidity starts to back down some as lows settle into the 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Clockwise flow around high pressure centered over the Southeast U.S. sends a warm flow from the west our way. That means another mild day with partly sunny skies, highs near 80 to the low 80s, and lower humidity than today. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Looking like a nice evening and overnight as skies turn mostly clear and lows drop to the upper 50s to low 60s (suburbs to city). Confidence: High


Temperatures stay well above average Friday, and with comfortable humidity it shapes up as a nice end to the work week. Partly to mostly sunny skies should help highs to the low-to-mid 80s, followed by Friday night lows mainly in the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend hinges on the uncertain timing of a cold front. This forecast is definitely subject to change, but for now I’d lean toward a partly sunny weekend with Saturday highs in the 70s, Sunday highs in the 60s with a cool breeze, and the best chance of showers from Saturday evening through Sunday morning. Confidence: Low

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