PM Update: Cold, dry, and breezy; Fire weather watch Wednesday

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

A pairing of cold high and low pressure systems to our northwest and northeast is funneling dry, chilled air into the region.  So that means sunshine, but a brisk wind and cooler than average temperatures through Wednesday.

Through Tonight: It’s clear and quite cold.  Lows range from the mid-to-upper 20s in the colder suburbs to the low 30s downtown.  With a breeze from the northwest at 5-10 mph, the wind chill makes it feel a few degrees colder.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Sunny, but blustery.  When the wind takes a breather, the April sun feels great, but when the wind smack you in the face (especially in the shade), it will bring you back to January. Highs are in the upper 40s in the cooler suburbs to low 50s downtown.  Winds are from the northwest at 15-20 mph, but may gust to 25-30+ mph at times.

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Pollen: Tree counts are HIGH at 467.74 grains per cubic meter, primarily from the cedar/cypress/juniper family, elm and maple species.

Smoke from brush fire picked up by doppler radar (Wunderground.com)
Smoke from brush fire northeast of Baltimore picked up by doppler radar (Wunderground.com)

Fire weather watch: The combination of recent dry weather and predicted gusty winds and low humidity Wednesday have prompted the National Weather Service to hoist a Fire Weather Watch for the region.  Already, the winds and dry air have helped fan a brush fire northeast of Baltimore on Carroll Island.  The smoke from the fire is even apparent on radar.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.
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Jason Samenow · April 2, 2013