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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Forecast: Windy but sunny today, then a cool and unsettled weekend

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, windy. 59-65. | Tonight: Mostly clear, chilly. 35-43. | Tomorrow: Very cloudy, showers likely late. 50s. | Sunday: Showers possible before some clearing. Upper 50s to low 60s. | 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


Difficult grading a windy day that sun would otherwise make great. Blowing debris/pollen/dust = -3! Get the Digit on Twitter | Discuss on Facebook

FORECAST IN DETAIL


After we struggle with today’s wind, we may miss the sunshine. Should you go running, want to garden, compete in an outdoor scavenger hunt this weekend, we need to keep an eye to the sky. Timing is still hard to pin down for weekend showers and possible thunder—but if you had to choose outdoor activity schedules, try to do them today, Sunday afternoon, or Monday. Allergy sufferers also note that I can’t report (yet) that rain will be enough to fully washout pollen.

Today (Friday): Sunny conditions should prevail over any periodic clouds but somewhat windy conditions may be the main story. Stepping outside into 15-20 mph northwest winds could really make near 60 to mid-60s feel chilly in the shade. Take a jacket or windbreaker! As we head into sunset winds should begin to subside, losing the mixing warmth of the days sun. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds slowly diminish into breezes (10-15 mph) after dinner, and calm more notably after midnight. Clouds may slowly filter into the region by dawn but it is possible they slow down their approach. Low temperatures before dawn fall toward the mid-and-upper 30s, though perhaps lower 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday):It feels a bit too chilly for April, with high temperatures well below our ~70 degree average. There is a risk that clouds stay overcast and showers (30% chance a.m., 60% chance p.m.) hold temperatures back toward the lower 50s. But if we get some peeks of sunshine, temperatures could hit the upper 50s, and a few rumbles of thunder could yield a couple downpours for some of us. Generally the showers may be more annoying rather than meaningfully mitigating our rain deficit. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: Any heavier activity should dwindle by midnight, but still showers pepper the region—with a 50-60% chance that may warrant the umbrella. One or two (welcome) downpours can’t be ruled out. Low temperatures may stay as mild as the upper 40s downtown, should overcast skies remain solid, preventing our surface warmth from radiating away. If we see more breaks, and especially outside the Beltway, temperatures could cool to around 40 degrees. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday: We could see some sun, but it may be a tough call. Clouds and showers possibly stick around during the morning hours but most information supports better weather by afternoon. Skies should lighten a bit by that point, allowing temperatures to attempt hitting the 60-degree mark. More clouds would mean being stuck in the 50s, and more sun could send us into the 60s. It just isn’t a high confidence forecast yet, but of course we will update you. Confidence: Low-Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: There’s a good chance of clearing off into at least “partly cloudy” territory. The astronomic interest for this evening, dear stargazers, will be the planet Venus—about the brightest you will see in nearly 10 years. Low temperatures may drop outside the Beltway (north and west) into the cold mid-30s, but low 40s are more probable downtown. Typical cold spots—you know who you are—should think about bringing in those potted plants from the porch, just in case. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday may finally show us more consistent sunshine, and more pleasant, calmer conditions. We could still hold our below-average temperatures though, in the low-to-mid 60s, even with the increased rays. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday hobbles toward the 70-degree mark, but it may struggle if clouds rule the day. As of now, we should see partly sunny conditions, it appears. More sun and southerly breezes could boost us above 70, but there is also the chance a cloud deck moves in and holds us in the 60s. Confidence: Low

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