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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/12/2011

Forecast: Lots of sun through the weekend, and warmth builds into early week

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Temperatures within a few degrees of average (now 59) and plentiful sun. Breezes are lower, but still noticeable.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. Near 60. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Mid-30s to near 40. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Increasing clouds late? Near 60 to mid-60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today the average high in D.C. falls below 60 degrees, not to return there again until the end of March. By and large, this is a pretty typical second weekend of November and today’s highs flirt with normal. Though, if we’re trending any direction on the average in the immediate future it is “warmer than.” On top of that, sunshine should be the main story of the weekend, but we’ll have a breeze to contend with as well, and potentially increasing clouds tomorrow. The work week? A mild start at least.

Today (Saturday): Plan on lots of sunshine and less wind than yesterday. It’s not quiet “wind free” though as a breeze from the southwest blows around 5-10 mph with higher gusts, particularly from late morning through afternoon. With highs ranging from the upper 50s to the lower 60s there’s not too much more you can ask for at this point in the year. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: It should be mostly clear, though some passing clouds can’t be ruled out. Winds die off and we’re in that mild day to chilly night routine right now. So, plan on needing some layers once the sun sets and temperatures fall toward lows in the mid-30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): A cold front tries to approach before getting locked up to our northwest for a bit. I’m having trouble seeing how it messes up the day too much if at all. In fact, it mainly helps pump up a bit warmer air into the area and that should lead to a mighty fine one. Temperatures probably head for the low-or-mid 60s on a southwest breeze around 5-10 mph. If clouds — mainly high-level and expected late, perhaps after sunset — arrive early, temperatures could be held nearer 60. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: It’s partly-to-mostly cloudy as a little wave of energy swings by along the front to the northwest. Temperatures don’t fall too far though, only into the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

I’m cautiously optimistic about Monday, at least in terms of precipitation. A storm system digging into the center of the country should want to keep much or all of the rain well to our northwest. We may have do dodge more in the way of cloudiness, but periods of extended sunshine would not be surprising either. Let’s call it variably cloudy with only a 10-20% chance of a shower. Highs look to range from the mid-60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium

Everything should shift east a bit on Tuesday. That means we’re probably cloudier, and there’s a more palpable risk (40% or so) of showers as the day progresses. Still, it should be rather mild in the flow out ahead of the slow-moving storm system moving east. Highs try for the mid-or-upper 60s, partly depending on timing of any rain (afternoon and on seems favored). Confidence: Low-Medium

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