Forecast: Hot start to mostly dry, mild work week; stormy Saturday?

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, very warm. 85-89. | Tonight: Partly cloudy, very mild. 56-63. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Mid-to-upper 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


FORECAST IN DETAIL


Today (Monday): Southwesterly breezes (at 10-15 mph) and sunshine will have us mistaking April 16 for June 16. Temperatures easily pass 80, with most spots reaching the mid-to-upper 80s. I can’t even rule out a 90 degree reading or two, mainly south of town. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A very mild, summerlike evening as temperatures only slowly fall back through the 70s. A weak cold front moves through late at night, bringing just a few clouds. By morning, lows range from the low 60s downtown with mid-to-upper 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): The cold front drops high temperatures about 10 degrees - but that’s still plenty mild. Under a mix of clouds and sun, highs reach the mid-to-upper 70s. Winds are from the northwest at 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy skies and cooler - but not cold. Lows range from 45-53 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

A weak disturbance to our south drifts northeastward Wednesday, increasing cloud cover and bringing a 30-40% chance of mainly light showers. The clouds may hold high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s - although it would take just a little sunshine to pass 70. Gradual clearing Wednesday night with lows in the 40s to near 50 downtown. Confidence: Medium

High pressure builds back into the region for Thursday and Friday producing dry, pleasant, and mild weather. Highs Thursday are in the low 70s with mid-to-upper 70s by Friday. Overnight lows range from the 40s to near 50 Thursday night, and 50-55 Friday night with increasing clouds. Confidence: Medium

A strong cold front plows through the region Saturday potentially (50-60% chance) accompanied by a period or two of heavy showers and thunderstorms. This does not look like an all-day rain, but it’s too early to pin down the exact timing. Warm air ahead of the front pushes temperatures into the mid-to-upper 70s. Clearing Saturday night, with lows 40-45. Confidence: Medium

Partly sunny and noticeably cooler Sunday, with highs only in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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