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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/14/2011

Forecast: Sunny spring warmth kind of day

Live it up today, because Saturday is a wet one!

NatCast: A mild night under the stars

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny. 68-72. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 43-49. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny, breezy. 57-62 | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

My words one week ago hold true again today: “Here’s to one of the rarities, a perfectly spring day.” See now, don’t you wish I was doing the forecast every day? It does appear that our timing is not doing so well right now as it is going to be a soggy Saturday, like around an inch wet. The showers put a chill back in the air and unlike last week there is no big warm up showing up to start the new work week.

Today (Thursday): If there are any clouds today, they got lost going somewhere. This is a beauty with light breezes out of the north. Temperatures steadily head upward and should top out right around 70. Perfect outdoor lunch day. Confidence: High

Tonight: Evening temperatures drop off fairly quickly from the 60s into the 50s as a breeze out of the northeast signals high pressure building in. The high pressure system overhead is strong for this time of year and lows sink to the mid-to-upper 40s (some lower 40s in the colder suburbs). Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Monday...

Tomorrow (Friday): This is a tricky day as a building breeze from the east pushes maritime air across the area. At the same time, a strong storm in the Midwest slowly approaches. Clouds increase as the moist cool air from the Atlantic interacts with the approaching storm. Best bet is clouds settle in fairly quickly during the morning and thicken in the afternoon. Winds pick up to 10-20 mph by mid day. A jacket is your friend today. Highs should struggle to make upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clouds rule the night and winds do not diminish as breezes from the east signal the approaching Midwest storm. There could be a few moments of drizzle late night but the main show with this storm waits for daylight. Lows should hold in the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD


Tulips flourish under Monday’s warm sunshine at the Library of Congress. (Kevin Ambrose, CWG photographer)
Saturday is going to feel pretty raw with occasional showers being whipped around by winds from the east at 10-20 mph, gusting to 30+. Temperatures are not going to make this any better as they are stalled in the 50s all day. An isolated thundershower is possible by afternoon, but severe potential is low. Rain chances are nearly 100%. The real cold front and heavy rains arrive late afternoon and early evening. Downpours are capable of dropping an inch of rain in many spots (with some locally higher/lower amounts). Time for movies and popcorn at home! Lows should reach the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday has considerable improvement in store for us as skies quickly clear and winds from the west are generally light. Not a bad morning for the Palm Sunday churchgoers (50s) and a fine afternoon to see the Nats and Brewers play downtown (60s). Highs are likely to top out in the low-to-mid 60s. Clear skies and mild temps in the evening allow us a chance to enjoy the rising of the full moon, known as the Pascal, Grass and Egg moon. Lows end up in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

Monday would be a perfectly lovely day...if it weren’t tax day! In any event skies should be mostly sunny and temperatures rise to at least normal levels in the mid-to-upper 60s. The evening may cloud up but remains mild and dry for you last minute filers. Confidence:Medium

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