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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/14/2012

Forecast: Warmth that makes you say ‘Wow!’

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny and very warm. Upper 70s to near 80. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 50s to near 60. | Tomorrow: Mostly to partly sunny. Near 80 to low 80s. Late-day shower/t’storm? | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

What a pair of days we’ve got on tap today and tomorrow. Plenty of sun and highs flirting with 80 make it hard to resist at least a couple outdoor breaks for those who spend most of their day indoors. If you care about records, tomorrow is the main day to watch - record highs for the day of 81 (National) and 82 (Dulles) are within reach. Best chance of showers and storms is Friday and possibly into Saturday, with temperatures remaining well above normal right through the weekend.

Today (Wednesday): With mostly sunny skies and a light breeze, there doesn’t appear to be anything to stop temperatures from marching up, and I mean way up, all the way to afternoon highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Records for the day at Reagan National (86) and Dulles (88) are probably safe, though it’s not impossible we challenge BWI’s record of 83 from 2007. Confidence: High

Tonight: Almost as remarkable as daytime highs this week are nighttime lows, which tonight should be mainly in the 50s. Although downtown, National’s record high minimum temperature of 60 might be in play. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Welcome to day 3 of highs making a run toward or maybe even past 80. We may see some clouds enter the picture as high pressure begins to lose its grip. But I still think we stay mostly to partly sunny, and that should be enough to get highs to near 80 or the low 80s. Wouldn’t completely rule out a late-afternoon shower or t’storm (20% chance). Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The shower/storm chance increases to 30%. Otherwise, cool air is nowhere to be found as lows stall in the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

All signs point to another warm day on Friday, with highs still able to reach the mid-70s to near 80 despite partly to mostly cloudy skies. Big difference with Friday is a more significant chance (40%) of showers and storms at some point during the day and/or Friday night. Confidence: Medium

Moving on to St. Patrick’s Day Weekend, we may still have to deal with clouds and a chance of showers through at least part of Saturday. But eventually at least partial clearing should take hold, and with morning lows in the mid-50s to near 60, it won’t take much sun to lift highs to near 70 to the mid-70s. Sunday brings partly to mostly sunny skies and similar highs from near 70 to the mid-70s. Confidence: Medium

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