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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/21/2011

Forecast: Calmer, sunnier conditions usher in great autumn weather

Today's Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
It's mild enough for fall. Add in lighter breezes, and you've got a pretty classic October day!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Variably cloudy, cloudiest midday. Breezy. Near 60 to low 60s. | Tonight: Nippy, some clouds. Near 40 to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, slight breeze. Near 60 to mid-60s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Slowly but surely, the winds that have plagued us begin to calm. Even with clouds mixing into our increasing sunshine over the next few days, I want you to think positive: rain chances are basically nonexistent through the start of next week! So, enjoy a decently good streak of fall weather. We should turn the corner to a bit milder air heading through the weekend, but even before then it’s not too bad. Go hiking, perhaps? Report to us your local tree foliage colors and post pictures, if you get the chance!

Today (Friday): The atmosphere is painstakingly giving up the wind and the more numerous clouds as high pressure slowly builds in. Don’t get me wrong, though, clouds will still battle the sun today, but we should see more sky than yesterday. Winds could blow steadily (10 mph sustained or higher in the afternoon) from the west with a few gusts up near 20 mph. High temperatures range along the lines of near 60 to lower 60s (maybe mid-60s if we see a good deal of sunshine). Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Is it time to buy some firewood? Temperatures should drop a fair amount overnight. We may see passing clouds and breezes may not completely disappear, but they are much closer to calm than earlier in the day! Lows could dip as low as near 40 outside the Beltway, with mid-40s more likely downtown. Those clouds and breezes probably hold temperatures up a bit compared to Saturday night. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Looks pretty good, assuming you can put up with a 5-10 mph breeze, potentially dropping through the day, from the northwest. We can look forward to mostly sunny skies! Highs look to range from near 60 to the mid-60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Looks to be clear, but without the insulating “blanket effect” of clouds and less wind, so temperatures may dip sizably. Grab a light coat, perhaps, if going out late. Lows ultimately dip into or through the upper 30s in the colder parts of the area, to the low 40s right on the river at National Airport. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: We may start out slightly “chilled” but sunshine radiates warmth down from a blue sky and temperatures quickly bound upwards. Highs soar for the mid-60s most spots, and winds could be almost completely gone at this point. A big daily digit possible? Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: It could be a bit cloudy, which keeps temperatures a bit higher. Lows range in the 40s, region-wide -- along the lines of lower 40s outside the Beltway to upper 40s inside that man-made boundary. Confidence: Medium

Monday sees a mix of sun and clouds, but temperatures should stay pretty in-line with our recent autumnal streak. largely in the mid-to-upper 60s. Soak it up. Well, if you’re not working indoors. Confidence: Low-Medium

If it works out right, Tuesday may promise our first real chance at hitting the 70 degree mark again, but most of us should be in the range of mid-to-upper 60s once more. Enjoy skies that should be mostly sunny, but I can’t rule out some clouds here and there from this range. More clouds would equal lower temperatures in the range I mention above, so just keep that in mind. Confidence: Low

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