D.C. area forecast: Rains today are fair trade for a sunny weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

5
Light showers more a nuisance than a benefit but temperatures still tolerable enough for a middle of the road rating.

Express Forecast

Today: Midday showers likely, breezy, late day clearing. Highs: 57-63.

Tonight: Clear, brisk winds. Lows 34-38.

Tomorrow: Sunshine abundant, still breezy. Highs: 50-54.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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The front pushing through the area around midday today is a wimp in the moisture department but packs a pretty good punch with winds whirling from the southwest to northwest as the day progresses. The weekend has a bit of a chill to it but non-stop sunshine is hard to grouse about. The fine weekend weather even hangs around for those of you with Monday off. The burbs should see frost, especially Friday night, but downtown is still likely to evade the grim reaper of the garden.

Today (Thursday): The clouds thicken before the sun rises but showers are hard to come by until mid-morning and are likely gone by early-to-mid afternoon (80% chance). Once again anyone getting more than a quarter inch out of this had better recalibrate their rain gauge. Winds pick up from the southwest at 10-15 mph and then flip to come from the northwest at 15-20 mph by mid-afternoon. Look out for occasional “leaf outs” as trees are poised to let them fly when the winds pick up. Highs reach the upper 50s to lower 60s since they have such a mild start in the morning. Skies could clear just before sunset, which is at an appallingly early 5 p.m. now! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: There should be no question that a cold front has passed through as evening readings drop quickly into the upper 40s to lower 50s. Just for emphasis winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph add to the chill. Lows end up mainly in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): The avalanche of cold air into the region is going strong with gusty northwest winds. Despite very little interruption to sunshine, temperatures will struggle to do better than lower 50s in most areas. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: A gaze into the early twilight in the west is likely to catch both Venus and a crescent moon gracing the horizon, soon to be joined by stars in abundance. The winds calm quickly as high pressure settles in. The end result, rapidly dropping temperatures. Only downtown is likely to evade a frost with lows in the upper 20s suburbs and low-to-mid 30s inside the beltway. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday still has a fair chill to start but recovers a little better thanks to a lack of winds and bright, steady sunshine. Highs reach the low-to-mid 50s. The dry air still allows readings to drop off notably overnight with lows in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Confidence: High

Sunday is one step closer to nice with highs reaching the mid-to-upper 50s. Sunshine is unwavering in its support of a fine day for outdoor activities. Look for another chilly night with lows again in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Confidence: High

Veterans Day (Monday) is still mainly sunny but colder Canadian air is likely to be pushing in on strong westerly winds. With sunshine still dominant highs should reach the mid-to-upper 50s. A fine day to recognize our veterans!  Confidence: Medium

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