D.C. area forecast: One last winter gasp

Today’s Daily Digit

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

4
Cold! Low dew points and wind chills don’t add up to April to me.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. 49-54.

Tonight: Clear and frosty.  26-33.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 50-55.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Hopefully – amidst the breezy chill in the air over the next few days – you will also hear the faint death rattle of Old Man Winter as the waning days of the cold season are upon us.  While the early April sun will do everything it can, we still have chilly breezes, cold temperatures, and very low dew points to make this not feel all that much like April over the next few days.  Our next rain system arrives Thursday night into Friday, but warmer weather by Sunday starts our climb to April normalcy.

Today (Tuesday):  Big Canadian high pressure lumbers its way into our area as the final float in our winter parade.  Sunny skies do what they can, but annoying breezes from the west at 10-15 mph keep the chill in the air as highs struggle to reach near 50 in the northern and western suburbs to the low-to-mid 50s in the District to points east and south.  And this air mass is super-dry as dew points are only in the teens.  Confidence: High

Tonight: Mostly clear skies enable many areas to see a late-season freeze as temperatures dip into the mid-to-upper 20s in the outer suburbs to the low 30s in the city and points east to south.  Breezes are very light, which aids the cooling. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Mostly sunny skies, but the Canadian air mass is in no hurry to moderate.  Highs still struggle to do much more than low-to-mid 50s.  And to make matters worse, winds pick up to 15-20 mph in the afternoon with some higher gusts.  With the dry air and winds, the wind chill feels like 40s instead of 50s.  Insert sad face here. :( Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Mostly clear skies with the wind settling and temperatures dropping to early morning lows in the middle 20s in the outer suburbs to the low-to-mid 30s in the city.  Most areas see yet another freeze fairly late in the season.  Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is favored to be partly sunny, but some increase of clouds could take over the scene during the afternoon as a weather system approaches.  Temperatures make a break for the mid-to-upper 50s with lighter winds at least.  Thursday night introduces a 40% chance of rain, especially after midnight. Confidence: Medium-High

Friday looks sloppy right now with rain likely that suppresses high temperatures in the upper 40s to lower 50s.  The coastal low causing this trouble could whip up the winds a bit more too.  This is not the best news for the Orioles home opener in Baltimore.  Friday night sees rain ending with temperatures dropping into the mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs but near 40 in the city. Confidence: Low-Medium

Cooler weather starts the weekend with Saturday highs only in the 50s again under partly sunny skies, but Sunday could see a burst into the middle to upper 60s as a warmer air mass finally works its way back into the area.  A 40% chance of afternoon showers is also involved on Sunday along with partly sunny skies.  Saturday night should be partly cloudy with lows in the 40s.   Confidence: Medium-High

Next week looks like our best shot yet to see temperatures reach into the 70s at times.  Goodbye winter, hello spring!

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