D.C. area forecast: Cool start to the week, but warming up toward Halloween

October 28, 2013

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

8
Chilly start, but a sunny and seasonable fall afternoon on tap.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny and pleasantly mild. Highs: Low-to-mid 60s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy, milder. Lows: Low-to-mid 40s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny a.m., mostly sunny p.m. Highs: Near 60 to Low 60s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Sublime fall weather starts the week and, for those who like it a little warmer, Wednesday and especially Halloween are set to deliver.  Our weather will have a few kinks, though, including clouds on Wednesday and Thursday, and an impending cold front toward Halloween night. Thursday’s forecast, while warm, will have to be watched closely over the next few days, as trick-or-treaters may have to dodge raindrops.

Today (Monday): Some scattered frost greets the morning across the outer ‘burbs, while we all wake up to a mostly sunny sky and chilly temperatures. Readings quickly rise through the 40s and into the mid-50s by late morning, before reaching afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 60s. Winds are light, around 5 mph and from the west.  Confidence: High

Tonight: The combination of high pressure moving offshore and a weak impulse passing to our south draws in a little moisture from the Atlantic, producing scattered to broken clouds late this evening and throughout the overnight hours. Cloud cover means we’ll have a milder night, and wake-up temperatures should range from the low-to-mid 40s (even perhaps some upper 40s inside the District). Winds will be northeasterly and quite light, around 5 mph.  Confidence: High

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Fall color on Burke Lake, VA. (ShawnDeez Photography via Flickr)

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Clouds progressively thin out during the morning, with some places (likely out west) becoming mostly sunny more quickly than others. Everyone should see a mostly sunny afternoon, but temperatures fall a few degrees short of normal thanks to a new area of high pressure arriving from the Great Lakes. Highs reach 60 or the low 60s. Winds remain fairly light from the north at around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: The high moves overhead, and keeps a mostly clear sky in place through late evening. However, a storm will gather strength over the Central U.S., and its associated warm front will approach and pass north of the region into Wednesday morning. No rain is expected with the front, but clouds will filter in. Lows will turn milder yet again, ranging from the mid-40s in the outlying areas to near 50 inside the Beltway. Easterly winds blow around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Wednesday is somewhat of a transition day as temperatures warm decently out ahead of the developing storm in the Plains. The amount of cloud cover will ultimately dictate how high the mercury soars. I’ll call for mid-to-upper 60s, with variable cloud cover — basically periods of sunshine alternating with cloudy intervals.  Confidence: Medium

Halloween, otherwise known as Thursday, begins partly-to-mostly cloudy with slightly milder morning temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. The storm system will have moved into the northern Midwest, and its trailing cold front will rapidly approach the region during the day. Highs reach near 70 to the low 70s (and perhaps a few mid-70s across the far southern suburbs) with help from a southerly breeze. Frontal timing will determine if early evening trick-or-treat plans are a wash; the way it looks now, the northern and western ‘burbs could see showers start by sunset. Rain does appear to increase in coverage and intensity area-wide as the evening wears on. We’ll keep out fingers crossed for a slower solution. Confidence: Medium

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