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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/04/2011

Forecast: Fairly sunny and windy today, then a calmer and mainly clear weekend

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day's weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
50s feel cool thanks to a moderate wind, but it is the end of the work week. Could be worse, right?
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Clouds early? Clearer through the day, and turning windier. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Mostly clear and breezy. Near 30 to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 50s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We have some sunny, dry days ahead to get outdoors and really “cash in” on autumn! Our main worry is this morning’s potential cloud issue. Temperatures are also not particularly warm for now, especially if breezes catch you in the shade today or tomorrow. But come Sunday and into next work week, as our dry and mainly sunny streak continues, breezes die and temperatures rise toward a comfortable 70 degrees again. Looking forward to it? I am!

Today (Friday): Any clouds should be thickest south and southeast of us. But, there was a bit of a debate about the Daily Digit with another local met last night, and being on the edge is never easy. I wouldn’t be shocked to see clouds rule for a time early, but I think the day will redeem itself as long as you’re prepped for some wind. Come 5 p.m. you won’t care all that much about the weather anyway! High temperatures in the mid-to-upper 50s may feel a bit cooler than that due to a north breeze in the 10-20 mph range, especially afternoon on. A few gusts could approach 30 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: The breeze dies down a bit but maybe not enough, while temperatures noticeably drop – ultimately landing in the low-to-mid 30s. If you’re outside the city and have not seen a freeze yet this might be it. But those winds never get much below 5-10 mph, so perhaps they’ll keep us slightly warmer than potential? Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Thanks to high pressure directly overhead, we should stay cobalt blue and clear overhead as temperatures, well, struggle to climb. With slight breezes possible out of the north and northeast, temperatures in the low-to-mid 50s may make you walk only on the sunny side of the street. Dress in a couple layers, maybe dark colored, so that you can soak up all available infrared! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Looks mostly clear and less wind. Lows range from near 30 in the coldest spots to closer to 40 downtown. You’ll notice a difference with light to nonexistent wind though. Almost mild? Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Feel well-rested with an hour “extra” sleep? We have an hour-earlier sunrise as the clocks shift back. If we are lucky to get a light breeze from the south, temperatures could push 60 in a couple spots south of the Beltway. For most of the rest of us, we should still be in the fairly enjoyable mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: It should be a bit less cold than saturday night, as partly cloudy skies keep us slightly insulated (not to mention the slightly warm south breeze). Lows may only get down into the range of upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium

Monday is looking like a spectacular start to your office week, unless you can take a long weekend for yourself? Sunshine should dominate though a stray area of clouds is always possible. Highs stay pretty close to perfect in the mid-60s. Remember our normal high is inching toward 60 now, so we are lucky to enjoy above-average temperatures and soak up some UV rays at lunchtime. Combat potential Seasonal Affective Disorder early! Confidence: Medium

Anyone yet noticing our dry streak? Well, by Tuesday you should. Sunshine looks to continue to win out over clouds (without really any rain to speak of). This boosts our high temperatures well up into the beautiful 60s -- perhaps 70 is possible in a few spots. Confidence: Low-Medium

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