PM Update: Pleasant through Tuesday; Australia’s seasonal tropical forecast released

Temperature Map

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

A strange thing happened today. The sun appeared. All in all, it was a nice one out there as highs reached near 70 most spots. Compared to the past few days, you might be tempted to call it perfect. Just watch out for the spongy ground!

Through Tonight: We’ve got a partly cloudy to mostly clear night ahead, and temperatures are pretty cool as well. Grab a light coat or a sweater if headed out after dark, as lows eventually reach the mid-40s to low 50s.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Off a cool start, we end up with a decent autumn day. Partly cloudy skies align with an east wind to bring us highs in the upper 60s to low 70s.

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Puddles over the weekend (Fred King via Flickr) http://www.flickr.com/photos/frederickking1979/10206439845/in/pool-capitalweather

Puddles over the weekend (Fred King via Flickr)

Cyclones down under: As we head into winter, the Southern Hemisphere is on its way to summer. That means it’s almost Australian tropical cyclone season. Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology has released its seasonal forecast, and they are calling for a near average season with up to 11 named storms, four of which may be severe. Cyclones in the area are primarily a risk to shipping, but have been known to impact land from time to time.

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