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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 10/03/2011

Forecast: Miserable Monday but magnificent mid-to-late week

Prolonged dry stretch starts Tuesday

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Occasional showers likely. Cold. 50-55. | Tonight: Cloudy, showers decrease. 42-47. | Tuesday: Becoming partly sunny. 62-67. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Make it stop! Yesterday’s high temperatures in the D.C. metro region were the coldest (or tied for coldest) on record for the date and among the coldest in the country. Showers amplified the late November-like chill. Same deal today but a major pattern change is around the corner. By Tuesday afternoon the sun makes a triumphant return and should shine daily into the weekend.

Today (Monday): Not much improvement over Sunday. The cold upper level disturbance harasses the region another day, bringing mostly cloudy skies and showers. Like yesterday, a few breaks in the cloud cover are possible, especially during the morning to the south. Highs only manage the low-to-mid 50s and record cold high temperatures (Reagan National 53, BWI 52, Dulles 49) are again in play. Winds are from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Cloudy skies and cool, but showers should gradually diminish. Lows range from near 40 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the midweek...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Some clouds may linger, especially north and northeast of the metro region in the morning, where even an early shower is possible. Partial sunshine (at least) emerges from south to northeast during the day, with most spots seeing sunshine by mid-afternoon. Highs range from near 60 northeast of town to the upper 60s south of town. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear and cool. Lows range from near 40 in the cooler suburbs to the upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday through Saturday looks to be an outstanding stretch, with mostly sunny days, and clear, cool nights. Highs Wednesday and Thursday are around 70, warming to the mid-70s Friday, and possibly a little warmer by Saturday. Overnight lows range from 40-50 (suburbs-city) Wednesday and Thursday night to 45-55 (suburbs-city) Friday night. Confidence: Medium-High

Flow from the south Saturday night and Sunday may bring more of a summer-like feel, and possibly some increase in cloudiness and humidity. Sunday morning lows range from 50-60 (suburbs-city), with highs Sunday 75-80. Confidence: Medium

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