Coming Sunday to Washington, D.C.: Spring awakening

Enough about the wind, enough about the cold, let’s talk about spring.

After stirring but stumbling, it takes a giant step this Sunday with temperatures catapulting into the 60s.

GFS model ensemble forecast of maximum, minimum and average temperatures through April 10 (WeatherBell.com).
GFS model ensemble forecast of maximum, minimum and average temperatures through April 10 (WeatherBell.com).

Then the incipient warm season hits its stride as mercury crescendos into the 70s early next week.


(National Weather Service)

Could we flirt with 80 some time Tuesday or Wednesday? Perhaps.

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The GFS model simulates maximum temperatures next Tuesday in the upper 70s just south of the District

Will this warmth just be a tease? Will temperatures revert to their winter ways?


National Weather Service 8-14 day outlook

Unlikely.

While the occasional cold front will knock temperatures back from their lofty new heights, the long-range weather patterns offer no indication of sustained wind and cold.

Yes, this weekend you can probably shelve your winter coats.

Meanwhile, perhaps it’s time for the Groundhog to pen a mea culpa.

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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