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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/06/2011

Forecast: Several days of seasonal weather

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly sunny. Chance of a passing p.m. shower. Upper 50s to mid-60s. | Tonight: Chance of a passing evening shower. 40s to near 50. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Upper 60s to low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Man was yesterday a downer. Nasty morning storms, lingering showers and clouds, and wind-blown 40s and 50s were a total bummer after Monday’s sunny 80s. This morning’s chill isn’t much fun either. Good news is temperatures moderate nicely this afternoon and highs near 70 are in play tomorrow. The warming trend stalls out Friday and Saturday as rain chances increase, but resumes again Sunday, which should be the weekend’s best outdoor day.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map powered by iMapWeather (base map by Google). Click and hold on map to pan. Double-click to zoom. Refresh page to update. See larger map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): Morning 30s and 40s are chilly even with mostly to partly sunny skies. Clouds probably increase late morning or in the afternoon (especially north) as a warm front moves into the area. Highs could be as cool as the upper 50s for cloudier spots north of town to as warm as the mid-60s south of D.C., where high pressure drifting off the Southeast coast may exert enough influence to keep afternoon skies decently sunny. The front may spawn a passing afternoon shower (best chance north). Breezes from the southwest increase to around 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: We’ll keep that chance for a passing shower (mainly north) into or through the evening. Otherwise, skies are partly to mostly cloudy with lows in the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Thursday): A warm front stalled out to our north makes tomorrow’s cloud forecast somewhat uncertain. We’ll call it partly sunny for now with light breezes from the southwest and west. Highs should reach at least the upper 60s, maybe low 70s with enough sun, and shower chances seem slim. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The warm front to the north tries to come back south as a cold front. Should it sink far enough south, then we’d be looking at an increasing chance of showers and possibly t’storms during the evening or overnight. Lows drop back to the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday through Saturday night are likely mostly cloudy and could be occasionally showery (thunder?) depending on the position of the front. A cool, moist flow from the east probably limits Friday and Saturday highs to the 50s or 60s (wide forecast temperature range due to uncertain location of front) with Friday night and Saturday night lows in the 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low

Sunday we should begin to break out of our flow-from-the-east funk. That probably means decreasing rain chances, though we might still see an isolated shower or t’storm, and warmer temperatures as winds come more from the southeast or south ahead of a cold front moving through the Midwest. Skies should be at least partly sunny with highs at least to near 70. Near 80 isn’t out of the question if winds from the south can pick up their pace early enough in the day. Confidence: Medium

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