D.C. area forecast: A streak of very pleasant days ahead

Today’s Daily Digit

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

9
May end up a 10, but breezes could still gust & perhaps a cloudier period w/ upper air cold pocket nearby.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: Near 70 to mid-70s.

Tonight: Mostly clear. Lows: Mid-40s to mid-50s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid-70s to near 80.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Today begins a three day stretch where D.C. averages 80-degree highs. After that, the city doesn’t see average warmth of that level again until May 31. It’s nice weather season, and a perusal of the forecast makes it hard to come to any other conclusion in the time ahead. Get outside while the getting is good!

nice dayToday (Saturday): Little doubt this is going to be one fine day, but a cold pocket of air associated with an upper-level low is still around, at least through midday or so before kicking off northeast. That may promote some cloudiness at times, though the day ends up partly cloudy at worst, and we should clear with time. Highs are in the near 70 to mid-70s range as winds blow around 5-10 mph from the northwest, probably decreasing late as high pressure takes over. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: The upper level low pressure pulls away leaving only surface high pressure in its wake. That means ideal cooling conditions should be present under mostly clear skies. There could be a pretty sizable range in lows, from the mid-40s in the coldest suburbs to as high as the mid-50s downtown. It’s heat island season (isn’t it always?). Winds are light at most. Confidence: High

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nice dayTomorrow (Sunday): To me, this might be the pick of the two days as it’s a bit more seasonal (the cool stuff is coming!). With high pressure drifting by, skies should be mostly sunny, and winds fairly light. Highs are up from today, reaching the mid-70s to near 80. Winds shift toward the south as time goes, ranging from 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: With high pressure heading offshore, southerly winds start to pump in slightly higher moisture levels. Nothing too noticeable here at the ground, but it helps increase cloud chances and probably keeps overnight lows in the mid-50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

I was tempted to go with a Nice Day Sun for Monday as well. But with a cold front coming, we might end up cloudier at times — and if there’s enough moisture, perhaps a shower or two occurs as well. Any “weather disruptions” should be brief and limited… inconsequential really. Highs head to around 80. Confidence: Medium

After cold front induced morning lows mainly in the 50s, Tuesday is another autumnal one with partly cloudy skies, a bit of a breeze and highs in the near 70 to mid-70 range. If it wasn’t so far out, it would certainly call for a Nice Day Sun. It’s hard to argue with this time of year, even if you like rain! Confidence: Medium

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