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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/03/2011

Forecast: Sunshine rules, rain chances nil for a week

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Today: Sunny, calm. 62-66. | Tonight: Increasing clouds. 41-45. | Tomorrow: Gradual clearing, breezy. 57-61. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Today is the kind of day that gives fall a good name! And better yet, we go back to our pattern of beautiful weekends. It will be a bit brisk but all the better for those outdoor tasks like leaf raking. Of course the best treat is not really weather related but an extra hour of sleep on Saturday night as we return to standard time. Frost comes back to visit most areas, but downtown will have to wait for its first freeze a little longer.

Today (Thursday): This looks like a cloud-free day with barely a breeze. Temperatures warm up at a perky rate and most areas reach mid-60s which should feel mighty fine. Confidence: High

Tonight: The evening cools into the 50s and stars are out in abundance. A Midwest storm is trying to reach the area but just enough of a cold front should push it safely south of us. All we have to pay for this service is a light breeze out of the north and a few clouds after midnight. Lows should only fall to the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): There could be a good deal of clouds to start the day depending on how peppy the storm heading across North Carolina gets. The clouds should start to pull away by mid-morning and the afternoon is sun-filled once again. Winds start to pick up from the north averaging about 10 mph. Highs should be around 60 in most of the region. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The breeze, still from the north, picks up to 10-15 mph for the evening before lightening up overnight. Readings quickly drop into the 40s just to make sure you are paying attention. Skies are crystal clear and frosty lawns greet the suburb’s early risers. Lows range from lower 30s outside the beltway to mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


Saturday looks deceivingly nice with sunny skies and calm conditions but the center of the chilly high pressure is right over the top of us. This limits upside potential on temperatures to the low-to-mid 50s. So if you are off to root for the home team do not forget your cap and gloves. The evening is chilly with 40s but still no real breeze. Lows drop to lower 30s in the suburbs but upper 30s downtown. Spotty frost is still likely in typically colder spots. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday dawns an hour earlier! A light breeze from the south should be enough to push readings up to the mid-to-upper 50s as skies remain crystal clear. Take advantage of the earlier sunset (around 5 pm) to look off to the southwest a half hour after sunset to see our “evening star” Venus rise and with binoculars you will get a rare glimpse of Mercury just below it. A milder night is on tap with lows only in the upper 30s to mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should be another beauty with mostly sunny skies and slightly above normal temperatures. Highs peak in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

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