D.C. area forecast: Warm evening a treat, gusty winds are tricky

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
Warmer temps are nice but would prefer less wind. With minimal showers risks, a more than tolerable cloudy day.

Express Forecast

Today: Cloudy, windy, brief morning shower possible. Highs: 70-74.

Tonight: Showers likely after midnight, breezy. Lows: 56-60.

Tomorrow: Showers, possible t’storm, ending midday. Highs: 69-75.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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The ghosts and goblins should stay dry but the fairy princesses’ hair is likely to be frazzled as strong southerly winds kick in. Who knows where all those blow up characters in people’s lawns are going to end up?

The best chance for showers and even a rumble of thunder waits until Friday morning when the cold front shoulders through. Rain amounts should stay on the light side and they are gone in time for a mostly dry and sunny weekend. For those of you planning NOT to take advantage of that extra hour of sleep on Sunday morning, catch the partial solar eclipse at sunrise! Bundle up though, colder temps will be back.

Today (Halloween): There could be a few showers in the early morning (20% chance), mainly north of D.C. The warm front quickly pushes them far to our north. The rest of the day is a speed race of clouds pushed by strong winds (10-20 mph, gusts to 30 mph) from the south. The payoff is notably warmer temperatures with highs in the lower 70s and if there are cloud breaks, mid-70s are quite likely.   Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Evening reading hold well up in the 60s. Those witches amongst the assortment of characters out and about should not have to worry about melting (less than 20 percent chance of an evening shower). However, be home by midnight (that means you Cinderella) as shower chances increase to 70% for the rest of the night. Amounts should average out light (around a tenth of an inch, but locally higher is possible). Lows only fall to the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Morning showers are a 90% probability and a rumble of thunder is not out of the question. A few downpours could accompany the stray thundershower but most of us have to settle for less than a quarter inch. Despite a mild start, the clouds are likely to hold us in the upper 60s to lower 70s for highs but gusty winds from the southwest at 15-25 mph could easily push us up to mid-70s if the clearing comes earlier in the afternoon than expected.  Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: A surge of showers is likely to come up the coast but should stay well to our east. Mainly clouds skies are still likely but winds finally give us a break with just a light northwest breeze. Cooler air sneaks in and allow lows to reach the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is a great outdoor day. A goodly amount of clouds pop up in the afternoon, but there should still be enough sun to highlight the leaf colors that are getting close to peak in many areas. Highs in the mid-to-upper 60s and light breezes make heading to the college ball game a fine idea too. Even the night is a winner, not so much because of the starry skies and lows in the low-to-mid 40s, but for the extra hour of sleep we are treated to as standard time returns.  Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday dawns not quite so brightly, at least not for the first half hour and not because of any clouds. Those of you with eclipse viewing glasses will know why. Nearly half of sun will be obscured by the moon as a solar eclipse is just getting underway. The shadow quickly diminishes and we are back to full strength the rest of the day. However, a new surge of colder air is making its presence known with gusty winds. Highs struggle to make the mid-to-upper 50s. Winds diminish quickly by day’s end, which sadly comes at about 5 pm. Temperatures take a nose dive and we are back to lows in the 30s. Most of the areas of frost remain north and west of the city.  Confidence: Medium-High

Monday features lots of sun, just not much warming. Highs hold in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

 

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