PM Update: Remaining seasonably chilly through Thursday

We’re now into the period with the coldest average high temperatures of the year, so it’s maybe no surprise that today was one of the chilliest we’ve seen this winter. Highs mainly in the mid-to-upper 30s are running a few degrees below normal, but given the sunshine and mostly light winds, it could be worse! If you were a fan of today there’s good news: we do it again tomorrow.

Through Tonight: Skies are partly to mostly clear and winds light. That means we shouldn’t have trouble cooling substantially off our already chilly daytime readings. Lows settle to around 20 in the coldest spots to the mid-or-upper 20s downtown. Fairly close to normal.

Tomorrow (Thursday): We shouldn’t have much more to deal with than a few passing clouds in otherwise mostly sunny skies. Highs are fairly similar to today, or a bit below normal, with afternoon temps reaching the upper 30s to near 40. Winds are relatively tame, sustained around 5-10 mph from the west.

See Dan Stillman’s forecast through the weekend. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter . For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

2012 heat: As we know, 2012 was the warmest on record for D.C. The same story can be said for the U.S. as a whole. Weather Underground’s Christopher Burt breaks down the records; including 362 all time highs and 0 all time lows, as well as some specific stats by city.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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