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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/10/2011

Forecast: Warmer today, summery tomorrow

12:45 p.m. update: Still waiting for some sun. If it doesn’t make much of an appearance, then mid-60s may be about the best we can do for highs.

updated at 9:45 a.m.

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Becoming partly sunny & warmer. Upper 60s (to low 70s?). | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, mild. Near 60 to mid-60s. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny & very warm! Mid-80s to near 90. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’re finally trending toward a lasting stretch of springtime weather (hurray!). In fact, after brighter skies and a nice bump in temperatures today, tomorrow looks close to a summer preview with 80s to maybe a shot at near 90 (fyi, record highs for tomorrow are 91 at National, 87 at Dulles and 85 at BWI). A possibly stormy cold front passage tomorrow night brings cooler but still pretty nice weather for much of the remainder of the week.

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Today (Sunday): How’s this for improvement? As a warm front lifts north, partly sunny skies (eventually) and winds from the south at 5-15 mph bring welcome warmth after our cool and damp start to the weekend. Afternoon highs should climb at least to the upper 60s, and with enough sun mid-70s low 70s are possible. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A light but steady breeze from the south, increasingly moist air, and at least scattered clouds lead to a rather mild overnight. Temperatures don’t feel like dipping too much, with lows only from near 60 to the mid-60s. Confidence: High

Just how warm do we get tomorrow? Keep reading for the forecast through midweek...

Tomorrow (Monday): I was just getting used to not having to use the heat, and now I may have to ready the A/C! Temperatures soar into the 80s for the second Monday in a row, and highs look to reach the mid-80s to near 90 with partly to mostly sunny skies and 10-20 mph winds from the south/southwest. And, just like last Monday, showers and storms may approach from the west with a cold front as we head into the evening hours, with a slight chance that some showers or storms arrive by around sunset. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Our trend of evening or overnight showers and thunderstorms has a chance to continue as a cold front comes through from west to east. At this point it’s unclear how well the showers and storms will hold together as they approach, but a quick shot of heavy rain and gusty winds is possible. Lows drop to the mid-50s to low 60s by morning. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday still holds the chance (30%) for some showers as an upper-level disturbance threatens to lag behind the departing cold front. Skies are probably partly sunny at best and we cool off quite a bit from Monday’s summer preview. But it’s hard to complain about highs in the mid-60s to low 70s. A fair amount of clouds may try to stick around into the evening. But eventually, by later in the evening or overnight, skies clear with twinkling stars o’ plenty and lows in the mid-40s to near 50 (suburbs to city). Confidence: Low-Medium

High pressure helps mostly sunny skies finally break through for Wednesday, and that makes for enjoyable highs aiming for the mid-60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

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