D.C. area forecast: Saturday nicer than Sunday, but mild air wins through Monday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

9
Plenty of sun, not too much wind, and temps near normal. About as good as it gets this March!

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Upper 50s to lower 60s.

Tonight: Mostly clear to partly cloudy. Near 40 to mid-40s.

Tomorrow: Periods of showers. Near 60.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

After being a penguin for much of the month, March is going out like a lamb — on the temperature front at least.  If you’re headed outside today, plan on being accompanied by many others. It’s going to be rather beautiful! Enjoy the sunshine and temperatures near 60. We keep the mild temperatures around for a few more days, but Easter showers may provide a few annoyances.

Today (Saturday): This one should be quite nice. I even had to remind myself of the “Nice Day” criteria (we’ll fall short on temps, but it could count in my mind!) since it’s been a while. Skies should be mostly sunny on the whole, but some colder air aloft might still promote a period or two of partly cloudy conditions. The best part is those highs rising up near normal, making the upper 50s to lower 60s. Winds are light, but 5-10 mph should be sufficient if you want to fly a kite. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies stay mostly clear through the evening and maybe much of the night, but clouds are on the increase prior to morning as the Easter shower storm approaches. Lows should settle to around 40 in the cold spots and the mid-40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Easter Sunday): If there are any breaks early, savor them as the day should be more cloudy than not. Periods of showers are possible as well, most likely from about mid-morning until evening. It’s not looking particularly heavy, with maybe upwards of about 1/4″. Highs rise toward 60 on light southeast winds. Confidence: Medium

Snow Potential Index

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

1 (→) Still a risk of showers changing to wet snow showers Monday night. Really, barely worth mentioning.
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Tomorrow night:Showers should be out of here before we get too deep into the evening, if they last that late to start with. Otherwise, it’s partly cloudy. Lows should be fairly similar to tonight, perhaps a touch milder — let’s say low-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday is the finale of the current “warm wave,” but we should eke out a decent one with partly to mostly cloudy skies. It’s cloudiest during the afternoon, with a shower or two possible as highs head for the near 60 to mid-60 range. Opening Day at Nats Park should be passable at the least. A strong cold front passes late day or early at night, and some moisture may scoot by behind the front as well. It cools quick enough aloft for this to be snow, but given the warmth of the day and lows from the mid-30s to near 40, it’s hard to imagine it doing much if it makes it to the surface that way. Confidence: Medium

Behind the front, Tuesday features a fair amount of sun, but also some of that chilly air most of you are ready to boot for good at this point. Highs might get stuck in the 40s particularly north and west, but it’s harder and harder to stay below that 50 mark, so the city should head there or just above. It’s probably breezy too, you know the drill. Confidence: Medium

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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