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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/14/2012

Forecast: Warmth today, showers possible tonight, then more autumnal awesomeness

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunshine more veiled in p.m. Low-to-mid 80s. | Tonight: Mainly cloudy. Shower? Upper 50s to low 60s. | Tomorrow: Sun dominates by midday. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Sunday: Sunny and beautiful. Upper 70s to around 80. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

TODAY'S DAILY DIGIT

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10


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FORECAST IN DETAIL


You must get outside this weekend. Hike, bike, run, camp... anything. Just allow tonight’s cold front to warm us up today, usher in some clouds, and a few potential showers tonight. Then we’ve got an entire weekend of lovely outdoor (activity-enabling) conditions. However, is our streak of amazing weather getting too dry for too long? That was your garden asking.

Today (Friday): Mostly sunny, especially in the morning before we get a bit of veiled cloud cover. Light south winds around 5-10 mph begin to stream in some hints of moisture overhead, and here at the surface—in the form of higher, less comfortable, dew points. High temperatures in the low-to-mid 80s appear probable, even with some afternoon muted sunshine. Remember summer? Just a taste. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly-to-fully cloudy skies stream ahead of our next cold front. Isolated, light showers could quickly move through the area around—and for a short time after—midnight (20-30% chance). Low temperatures don’t dip too far, thanks to the insulating cloud cover. Expect upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Wow. Nearly a perfect day, we just need to give the sky a bit of time to clear in the morning, perhaps. Light but noticeable northwesterly breezes around 10 mph should keep mid-to-upper 70s (maybe 80?) feeling mighty comfortable. Any sense of humidity? Wiped out! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: It may get autumnal for all of us, even downtown. Low temperatures for the entire region dip into the 50s by just before sunrise. A couple colder spots, Front Royal perhaps, could give us a reading or two below 50! Go camping if you can? Skies remain fair, with a mix of clouds and stars. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: Spectacular’ness continues. Mostly sunny skies, calmer winds, blue skies, and comfortable high temperatures in the upper 70s to around 80. Plan on being outside in lots of sunshine between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.? Please continue to lather on that sunscreen! Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: A few clouds could stream in ahead of a weather disturbance to our south. Low temperatures, thus, get buoyed a bit higher by this blanket of increasing clouds. Low temperatures, at coolest locations get down into the mid-50s. Downtown may stop its pre-dawn temperature decent in the 60-64 degree range. Confidence: Medium

Monday could have a few peeks of morning sunshine, but expect a good amount of clouds, especially by early afternoon. Shower chances in the morning start out at about 40%, but rise to around 60% chance as the afternoon progresses. Gardeners should love this surge of moisture from the south, nosing its way into our region. High temperatures still get into the 70s, perhaps upper 70s if we have a good deal of morning sunshine. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday should be a bit wet, as it looks now. Showers appear likely (60% chance) for much of the day, but we still get fairly mild—into the upper 70s or perhaps a bit higher—thanks to this southerly flow associated with our slug of moisture. Check back this weekend to see if this forecast changes. Confidence: Low

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