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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/16/2011

Forecast: Rain ends, warm-up begins

Friday highs well into 70s... near 80?

updated at 9:45 a.m.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Rain ends early a.m. Turning partly sunny & warmer. Low 60s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. Upper 30s to mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-60s to near 70. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

If you’ve been waiting for a real springtime surge, just hang in there. We retired the SPI for the season yesterday, unless snow chances make an unexpected late-season comeback. And the weather steadily improves after the rain departs early this morning. We’re modestly warmer later today with highs breaking 60, substantially warmer tomorrow as we approach 70, and dramatically warmer Friday when 80 might be within reach. The weekend is cooler but still on the mild side, especially Saturday.


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Today (Wednesday): The rain moves away to the northeast early this morning - should be finished or exiting by the time the morning commute gets underway, though road spray may linger. Temperatures then climb nicely as skies turn partly sunny and a light but warming breeze from the west kicks in. Morning readings rise through the 50s with afternoon highs in the low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening temps cooling through the 50s require a jacket, but it’s rather pleasant nonetheless. With mostly clear skies and light winds, overnight lows drop down to the upper 30s to near 40 in the burbs and low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): Partly to mostly sunny skies plus flow from the southwest team up for a really nice St. Patty’s Day with highs in the mid-60s to near 70. I’d almost venture to call it fantastic, but we’ll have to reserve that kind of kudos for Friday. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: That mild feel remains into the evening with temperatures dropping toward and into the 50s. Skies should be partly to mostly clear as lows end up in the 40s (suburbs) to near 50 (downtown). Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday is pure delight with partly to mostly sunny skies once again and highs soaring to the upper 70s to near 80. We even have a shot at tying or breaking the record highs for the day at Reagan National (81 in 1989) and Dulles (80, also in 1989). Friday evening will be a fantastic one to be out and about, as temperatures slowly fade back into the 60 before bottoming in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Maybe a morning sprinkle or light shower Saturday morning as a cold front comes through. Otherwise, the weekend is shaping up nicely with skies continuing partly to mostly sunny. Decent breezes from the northwest cool things down a bit on Saturday, but highs in the mid-to-upper 60s are still plenty nice. Sunday is cooler still with highs around 60 likely - right about average for the second half of March. Confidence: Medium

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