D.C. area forecast: Warmer today with p.m. sun possible

Today’s Daily Digit

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

6
Dreary start, but warmer afternoon with sunshine rebound

Express Forecast

Today: Cloudy AM, clearing PM. 69-74.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. 55-61.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. 71-76.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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Well, we just passed the midway mark of meteorological spring, and we sure have a lot of catching up to do since March was occupied by a stubborn last-minute winter pattern.  This week continues to make decent strides at more typical spring-like weather as we oscillate between warm and cool (not cold) with intermittent clouds, sun, and those April showers. A bigger cold front on Friday could offer some warmer weather, bigger thunderstorms, and a cooler weekend.

Today (Tuesday): Morning overcast and some patchy fog delivers a dreary start, but the winds shift to come from the south instead of the east by afternoon to allow the low-level clouds to break up and permit some sunshine into the area by the afternoon. As a result, we should get warmer highs in the low-to-mid 70s.  Those light winds come from the southeast initially and then south during the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy skies prevail as another weather system passes by to the north and west.  Winds from the south and southwest should keep a warmer flow into the area as lows only drop to the mid-to-upper 50s in the suburbs and maybe just the low 60s right in the city.   Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): A front tries to edge into the area from the north, triggering more cloud cover and scattered showers (30% risk). Highs should again be in the low-to-mid 70s, but a few spots could sneak higher before the winds shift back to coming from the east at 5-10 mph after being fairly light in the morning to midday period. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clouds outnumber stars again with lows dipping just a bit lower due to easterly flow- down to the mid-to-upper 50s.  Still a 30% chance of a light shower or sprinkle, especially during the evening hours. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday sees more mostly cloudy skies with a slight chance again of showers (30%).  Those cooler winds from the east could linger into most of the day to hold temperatures to the upper 60s or low 70s.  But there is a chance the winds turn fast enough in the afternoon (to coming from the south and southwest again) to push us up into the mid-to-upper 70s instead along with some breaks in the cloud cover.  Mostly cloudy and warm Thursday night with lows in the upper 50s to low 60s.  Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday features a big cold front approaching our area.  Stronger flow from the south and southwest brings in warmer air with a chance to get up into the lower 80s around the area.  If the cloud cover is tougher to break, then mid-to-upper 70s may be more reasonable.  There is a 30% chance of afternoon showers, but the main show comes Friday night when the big cold front sweeps through.  It should be accompanied by a round of heavy showers and potential thunderstorms Friday night.  The timing will probably change as we get closer, but right now, it looks like late evening toward midnight for the heaviest activity.  Behind the front, temperatures dip to lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend starts with Saturday morning showers and lingering clouds, but clearing attempts to break through in the afternoon even as temperatures hold mainly in the low-to-mid 60s.  Partly cloudy and cooler Saturday night with lows in the low-to-mid 40s, but upper 30s are possible in the far western to northwest suburbs.  Sunday is a better day with partly to mostly sunny skies, but the cool air mass holds us back in the lower to maybe middle 60s again. Confidence: Medium

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PM Update: Lots of clouds through tomorrow, some fog possible tonight