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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/05/2012

Forecast: Sunshine from here to Easter, overnight frost chance colder suburbs

* Freeze warning tonight & watch Friday night: Northern Md & Shenandoah Valley (map) *

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Today: Sunny and mild. 62-66. | Tonight: Clear and chilly. 35-42. | Tomorrow: Sunny and breezy. 60-64. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


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The Easter bunny is going to have no issues with this forecast. Barely a cloud will interfere with our blue skies through Sunday with highs mainly in the 60s. The only concern is the possibility of scattered frost in outlying areas tonight and especially Friday night. The lack of rain is nice for us but not for gardens and lawns.

Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Thursday): There could be some clouds on the southern horizon as yet another storm system passes us by and leaves us dry. Light breezes from the north keep a bit of chill until midday. Highs in the low-to-mid 60s make for a nice afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Temperatures drop off pretty quickly so jackets are needed for the evening’s 50s. A persistent breeze out of the north keeps the import of cooler air going and lows end up in the mid-30s out of town (where a little frost could form) to lower 40s in the heart of the city. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The sun remains bright and unchallenged through the day. The wind from the north picks up to 10 to 15 mph, gusting to 25 mph, as the storm that ditched us strengthens out over the ocean. Highs still manage to hit the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: This should be the chilliest night under a bright full moon (knowm as the Grass Moon or Paschal Moon). Breezes die down and that allows lows to fall to the 30s across the entire area (32-39, suburbs to city). Frost should only form in a few colder spots outside the beltway but if you have some tender plants it wouldn’t hurt to cover them up. Confidence: High


Saturday is another non-stop sunny day and allows us to shed the chill quickly. Highs climb up to better than seasonable levels into the mid-to-upper 60s. With calming winds, temperatures dive in the evening through the 50s and end up in the mid-to-upper 30s with lower 40s downtown. Confidence: High

Easter Sunday is a great day for a bonnet to shade your eyes from that bright sun. The dawn chill is short lived and by midday certainly qualifies for a “nice day” icon. Highs top out in the upper 60s to lower 70s. A cold front zips through overnight and winds pick up from the north. Lows reach the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday brings the first certifiable clouds in this entire outlook. This could end up being a fairly cool, gray, sprinkly day but my bet is that our penchant for dry conditions keeps rain chances at 20% and allows a fair amount of sun to get through. Highs should make the low-to-mid 60s but could be a little colder if clouds hang tough. Confidence:Medium

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