PM Update: Widespread freeze tonight, followed by a chilly Election Day

November 5, 2012

**Freeze warning tonight for the entire area**

This cool pattern lives on, but at least we saw a decent amount of sunshine during the day. Even with the sunshine, highs only managed to rise into the upper 40s and low 50s across the region. We don’t have any warmer than normal air on the immediate horizon, and tonight’s looking like the coldest of the year for most spots. We’ll follow that up with a chilled Election Day.

Through Tonight: Skies are mostly clear, with perhaps a few periods of more cloudiness. If we maximize cooling, lows should dip to the mid-20s in the coldest locations while stalling closer to freezing downtown. Any extra clouds may push those readings up a few degrees, but that’s still a frozen night for most spots.

Election Day (Tuesday): Mostly to partly sunny skies through much of the day won’t help us warm too much. Highs only make it to the mid-40s or near 50, coolest west and northwest. At least winds won’t be very strong, just about 5 mph or so from the northeast. Clouds may increase late day, or after sunset as the mid-week storm starts gathering to the south.

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West Coast heat: Where’s the warmth? Look west. Multiple locations in southern California have set or tied record highs today, including Los Angeles at 94 degrees. Even locations right on the ocean such as Santa Barbara have reached temperatures in the mid-90s. There are some indications the pattern over the U.S. will at least temporarily shift after the mid-week storm, allowing some warmer (but significantly modified) air to head this way by late week or the weekend.

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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