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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/22/2011

Forecast: Clouds sully our Saturday, but a nicer Sunday expected

3:25 p.m. update: If you're south of D.C., you probably saw more sun than most folks this afternoon. Elsewhere, besides a few breaks at times, clouds won the battle today. Clearing is slowly advancing north and east through parts of the area, so increased sun (before it sets) is still certainly a possibility, especially the further south or southwest one goes.

10:15 a.m. update: Well, one area of cloudiness surrounded by sunshine has parked itself over the region. That means our sunny Saturday has been sullied. If you’re up near Baltimore you’ve probably seen some decent sun, but places around D.C. are currently rather socked in. There should be some gradual clearing later in the day, but how much is uncertain right now. We’ll keep you updated.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Variably cloudy. Near 60 to low 60s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today’s averages are 66 for a high and 48 for a low. As far as normal goes, we won’t be too far off throughout the weekend before trending above average into next week. As far as late October weekends go, we probably can’t do a whole lot better than this one. Winds continue to slacken compared to the past few days and daytime skies are also more sunny than their predecessors. Remember the layers when not out during mid-day and you should be just fine!

Today (Saturday): If you’re out grabbing the paper and some coffee early, a wall of chilled air greets you. After that, it’s not the warmest day ever, but mostly clear skies allow a decent amount of rays to keep the refreshing air heavily sun kissed. it should not be too cool for outdoor activities. We’ll be dodging clouds as a pesky bunch of them sets up over the area. Hopefully they’ll thin into afternoon. Highs should range from near 60 to the low 60s (someone could creep into the mid-60s) as a light northwest breeze around 5-8 mph blows some fallen leaves around. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Light or nonexistent wind and mostly clear skies work together to help evacuate any daytime warmth with haste. After-dark temperatures tumble through the 50s and 40s on their way to lows in the mid-or-upper 30s in the coldest locations to the low 40s downtown. Looks like we stay freeze free, with some places now passing average for the first usual occurrence. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Sunday): Brilliant. Mostly sunny with light winds and mild temperatures in the mid-60s most spots. What could sully this one other than the thought of having to return to work on Monday? Probably not much. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: We’ve got a seasonably cool night with partly cloudy skies. Temperatures bottom out near the low 40s in the way-out-there suburbs to the upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

For Monday, we give Jason a great test. Can he give the first work day of the week a 10? Mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 60s to near 70 with maybe just a few clouds late. Sounds pretty great to me (cough, cough). After Monday night lows mainly in the 40s, the debate about how high the digit goes on Tuesday is again center stage. Looks like more mostly sunny skies and temperatures perhaps 70 or above across the whole area? Enjoy. Winter is looming. Confidence: Medium

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