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Posted at 04:30 PM ET, 02/01/2012

PM Update: After Wednesday’s big warmth, back to reality... sort of

There was no record heat locally today, but we still saw plenty of springlike upper 60s and lower 70s! National Airport topped out at around 72 degrees before 2 p.m., and D.C. spent much of the afternoon right around 70 despite passing clouds. That’s more than 25 degrees above the normal afternoon high for February 1! Hope you had some time to enjoy it -- temperatures are headed back down, though still above average on the whole.

Through Tonight: This might be a good evening to enjoy some outdoor time, perhaps a sidewalk dinner? The longer you’re out, the more you’ll want to think about potential rain drops. By 10 p.m. to midnight, showers should be advancing on the area from the south and southwest. Between midnight and sunrise, just about everyone (lesser odds north toward the Pa. border where the cutoff might be) should see some rain. Lows eventually reach the low-and-mid 40s.

Tomorrow (Thursday): Showers may linger into the morning, but they should be out of here relatively early during the day if they do. Skies also clear out to at least partly cloudy and perhaps mostly clear during the afternoon while cooler air bleeds in from the north. It does not appear overly windy, or overly cold, as highs reach near 50 to the mid-50s.

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What’s up with this weather? 70s are not totally unheard of in February even if it seems odd. We average about one day of them every other year, and saw four last year. CWG’s chief meteorologist Jason Samenow sat down with The Washingtonian to discuss more about the big picture of why this winter has featured so little winter and how weather is a big deal in D.C.

Alaska’s Cleveland Volcano: Signs of activity have returned to the remote Aleutian Island volcano by the name of Cleveland. Satellite imagery shows a growing lava dome in the crater, which is often a prelude to an explosive event. It’s not clear whether or not the volcano will erupt, but given its proximity to Anchorage (940 miles upwind) and other North Pacific flight paths, extra attention will be given to Mt Cleveland in the coming period.

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