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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/17/2011

Forecast: Sunny skies and a gusty wind

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Pesky winds, but otherwise a nice Sunday with sun.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, windy. Mid-to-upper 60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy, calming winds. Upper 40s to low 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Chance of a few showers. Mid-60s to low 70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Even with the gusty winds, today is quite clearly the best of the weekend after yesterday’s multiple lines of tree-toppling storms. Mild temps, a fair amount of sun, and those winds should bring plenty of kites out on the National Mall. After today, we turn more unsettled again as several disturbances riding along a stalled frontal boundary threaten rain at times through the first half of the week. At least temperatures remain on the mild side.

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Today (Sunday): Well, this is much better. Yesterday’s storms and rain have left behind plenty of wind, but other than that conditions are markedly improved. Skies turn to mostly sunny through the day and highs climb up to the mid-to-upper 60s. The only detraction is a pesky and potent wind from the west, sustained near 20 mph at times with occasional gusts over 30 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: Winds relent during the evening and overnight and a few more clouds begin to float by overhead. I suppose we deserve a little tranquility after yesterday’s storms and today’s wind, so we’ll take what we can get. Lows dip into the upper 40s to low 50s with winds dropping to near calm by morning. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): The first of several disturbances riding along a stalled frontal boundary to our north could clip the area with a few showers (best chance north of D.C.). Otherwise, it does look like a cloudier day, but with times of sun possible as well. Highs should be somewhere in the mid-60s to low 70s depending on how much sun. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: We’re between disturbances during the overnight on Monday, though the next one could throw a shower our way toward morning. Lows are fairly mild, in the mid-50s under partly to mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday, we’re right along a stalled warm front still as another wave moves along it. This time, there’s a better chance of showers and maybe thunderstorms, but the exact placement of the front makes for a tricky forecast. If it trends north, sun may break out and push highs to the mid-70s. If it sags south a bit, then clouds, rain, and low-to-mid 60s may be the best we can do. Tuesday night, we’ll hold on to the chance of a shower early with mild lows from near 60 to the mid-60s. Confidence: Low-Medium.

Another fairly potent cold front approaches on Wednesday. This is subject to change, but for now the first half of the day could be quite salvageable, with partly sunny skies and highs potentially making a run at 80. Afternoon or evening is the best-guess timing for any showers and storms along and ahead of the front to reach the area. Confidence: Medium

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