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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Forecast: Record warmth possible today, thundershowers sneak in tomorrow

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Plenty of sun, a few clouds late, very warm. 81-85. | Tonight: Clouds, slight shower risk. 56-60. | Tomorrow: Scattered thundershowers. 76-80. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Spring was great wasn’t it? Well, on to summer! I’m not really joking with just about everybody likely to be in the 80s today. Records are apt to drop as fast as the pollen from the trees now kicking into high gear. Maybe this will speed up the allergy season, at least I for one hope so. The only sad thing is that many of our beautiful blooming trees will zip along including the beloved cherry blossoms which are already imminent. A few showers should knock readings down to more reasonable levels tomorrow and the weekend should be delightful.

Today (Thursday): The ides of March are not very ominous given plenty of sun and light breezes from the south. The only thing we may have to worry about is overheating by afternoon as highs reach the low-to-mid 80s. Records of 81 at National and 82 at BWI and Dulles look like easy targets Some clouds may move late in the afternoon and a shower or thundershower isn’t out of the question (20% chance) mainly west of town. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds thicken in the evening sky obscuring the Venus/Jupiter duo that has graced our western skies this week. Calm winds and temperatures in the 70s should have everyone making an excuse for an evening stroll. A stray shower or thundershower is possible (20-30% chance). Lows struggle just to reach the mid-to-upper 50s (our normal highs this time of year). Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): A good amount of clouds could break our string of 80s. However, a light breeze from the southwest still ensures mid-to-upper 70s for highs. Determining when and where showers and a few thundershowers occur is a tough task but nearly half of the region should get dampened by evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies remain cloudy and there is a good chance (60%) that a few showers are around through at least midnight so be prepared. Temperatures are still balmy in the upper 60s to lower 70s in the evening and drop no lower than the mid-to-upper 50s overnight. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

St. Patrick’s Day (Saturday) should see skies clear in the morning and shower chances diminish. If the luck of the Irish is with us we should be dry but including a 20% chance of a shower is prudent. A light breeze from the northeast assures a cooler day which should be great for the marathon runners traversing the city. Highs reach the pleasant low-to-mid 70s. With all the warmth this week, many trees may be wearing the green already as well. The evening readings in the 60s are dandy too. Lows are no worse than low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is yet another beauty as showers are likely to stay far to the south and west of the area thanks to a decent high pressure system overhead. Skies are not cloud free but the sun is still in abundance with highs in the low-to-mid 70s.. Overnight lows should range from the upper 40s outside the beltway to lower 50s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should continue to see plenty of sun and it will take a few well timed clouds to keep us from pushing back to 80 in warmest spots. Most settle for highs in the mid-to-upper 70s. Confidence: Medium

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