D.C. area forecast: Springing to summer with midweek 80s, cooler by the weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
Love ya 70s but too cloudy to merit a stellar score

Express Forecast

Today: Variably cloudy, mild. Slight PM shower chance. 70-75.

Tonight: Mostly cloudy, mild. 54-59

Tomorrow: AM fog, then partly sunny, warm. 76-80.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

It’s kind of astonishing just a few days ago many places were stuck with high in the 40s and, in a just few days, highs could top 85. That’s April for you! For most of the work week, highs are in the 70s or better (averaging around 20 degrees higher than last week). Then a sharp cold front passing by Friday douses us with rain before cooling us off for the weekend, when highs revert to the 50s and 60s.

Today (Monday): A little fog is possible early. Then we have intervals of sunshine but probably trend cloudier as the day wears on. Especially to the north and northwest, a shower or thundershower could develop late in the afternoon (chances 15-30 percent south to north).  Highs range from 70-75.  Places socked in with clouds (most likely north)  are probably closer to 70 (or even a bit lower) and those with more sun (most likely south) reach into the mid-70s (or perhaps a bit higher). It’s not as windy as Sunday, with breezes from the south around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Through 10 p.m. or so, there remains a small chance of a shower of thundershower.  Then skies are mostly cloudy with a little fog possible towards morning.  It’s very mild with lows only in the mid-50s to near 60 (downtown). Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): Patchy fog may be around in the morning, but – for the most part – skies become partly to mostly sunny with highs well into the 70s to perhaps 80. This will probably be the warmest day since October. Winds are from the west and southwest around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly to mostly cloudy and unseasonably mild – starting to feel like summer.  Lows range from 54-58 in the cooler suburbs, to 58-63 inside the beltway. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday stands a good chance to be both the warmest day of the week and warmest day since September.  We should break 80, and – with enough sunshine – mid-to-upper 80s are possible.  Partly cloudy and mild Wednesday night, with lows from the mid-50s to low 60s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday’s another warm one, with 80-degree highs once again in play.  As a cold front gets closer we could have late afternoon showers and storms, but my guess is that they hold off until overnight.  Showers and/or storms are then a good bet, and a few could be heavy, with lows around 60. Confidence: Medium

Friday may have showers in the early part of the day, but – assuming the front doesn’t get held up – partial clearing is possible in the afternoon.  The colder air behind the front may take until the overnight hours to arrive, so I think we may still get up to 70 or so. Mostly clear Friday night, with cooler lows from the upper 30s to low 40s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Low-Medium

While the weekend is markedly cooler than the work week, there’s little chance of rain (the way it looks now).  Saturday’s mostly sunny with highs in the brisk 55-60 range. Clear and chilly Saturday night, with lows 34-43 (suburbs-city).  We begin a warming trend Sunday, with mostly sunny skies and enjoyable highs of 60-65.  Confidence: Medium

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