D.C. area forecast: Enjoy the outside time while the getting is good

March 29, 2013

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

7
50s w/actual periods of sun!? It’s a Good Friday that feels less wintry, even with breezes or a sprinkle.

Express Forecast

Today: More sun than clouds. Sprinkle? Mid-to-upper 50s.

Tonight: Any clouds slowly clear. 30-38.

Tomorrow: Glorious sunshine. Upper 50s to low 60s.

Sunday: Shower chances on increase. Upper 50s to low 60s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Winter wants to slowly recede the next few days. But for how long can we enjoy temperatures in the 50s to even above 60? The current answer might be Tuesday, when temperatures may again fail to get to, or at least much past, 50. More reason to get outside this weekend, right? Sunscreen may even be appropriate tomorrow!

Today (Friday): Mostly sunny skies may give way to some clouds as the day wears on; however, periods of full overcast—if any—shouldn’t last nearly as long as some cloudy durations in recent days. Sprinkles have a lower-than-yesterday (10%) chance during the afternoon, and with milder temps it all tend to be liquid. Breezes calm to about 10 mph out of the northwest, but some small gusts can’t be ruled out. High temperatures should make it into the bizarrely pleasant-feeling mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: A mix of clouds and stars, but clearer as the night proceeds. Temperatures eventually bottom out in the mid-to-upper 30s inside the Beltway, with sub-freezing conditions still possible outside the urban heat island. Light but somewhat persistent northwesterly breezes may make a heavier coat appropriate. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): This looks like THE day of the weekend because sunshine should abound with few clouds, bolstering the apparent feel of highs making the upper 50s to low 60s. Dry, northwesterly breezes shouldn’t bug us too much, at this temperature. And yes, those breezes are less than recent winds, but should still be sufficient for flying a kite on the Mall. Confidence: High

Snow Potential Index

A daily assessment of the potential for *accumulating* snow for the next week on a 1-10 scale. More info

1 (→) Slight chance remains for some sort of wintry slop early/mid next week. Ho-hum for now. Warmer temps first!
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Tomorrow night: Clear skies in the evening slowly cloud over by just before sunrise (and those church services). Low temperatures may end up relatively homogenous in the region because of the clouds—ranging from the mid-30s to around 40. Breezes should stay light and may vary direction. Confidence: Medium

Sunday (Easter): Clouds dominate, unfortunately. With showers in the morning slightly possible (35-45% chance) increasing to a greater (60%) chance of some dampness after noon. Luckily nothing too heavy is expected at this time. Even with clouds, high temperatures in the upper 50s to lower 60s offer some hope that Arctic air has retreated. For now. Thank the light southerly breeze if you will. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night is when skies may stay cloudy for some time with a continued 30-40% chance of showers. Low temperatures should hold in the low-to-mid 40s for almost all of us. Clouds are a great “evener” of regional temperatures. Confidence: Low

On Monday we could renew our chances of sunshine but I can’t rule out a 20% chance of a sprinkle or shower, especially during the afternoon. But I think with temperatures in the low-to-mid 90s (kidding: 60s, but perhaps well into the 60s) we can deal with it. A great day for the families at the White House Easter Egg Roll. And I hear there is a Nats game too? . Confidence: Low-Medium

We’ll have to watch temps overnight Monday into Tuesday as they could crash. We’ll run about a 30-40% chance of showers, possibly mixed with or even changing to snow into the early day. Sun has a decent shot at keeping some of the clouds at bay as we reach afternoon though. High temperatures chill back down, mainly into the 40s for for afternoon highs. Sorry you can’t pack away those winter clothes yet, ugh. Confidence: Low

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