D.C. area forecast: A cold and windy Friday, but moderating this weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

5
Gloves? Coat? With winds it’s hard to give a higher grading. Brr behind our cold front! Must. Acclimate.

Express Forecast

Today: Windy. Self-destructive (periodic) sunshine. Highs: Upper 40s to low 50s.

Tonight: Mainly clear. Calming winds. Lows: Upper 20s to mid-30s.

Tomorrow: Mainly sunny except midday. Bit breezy. Highs: 50s.

Sunday: Get outdoors, warmer. Highs: Mid-to-upper 50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Back down the roller coaster we go, toward cooler temperatures for the weekend. Even blustery at times? Luckily, sunshine tries its best to overpower clouds, and breezes should diminish eventually. All-in-all a decent weekend for outdoor plans with no real chance for precipitation. Just dress in layers, especially when criss-crossing the street from sunny side to shady side chilled with a breeze!

Wind Chill Map

Today (Friday): Bundle up against the wind chill in the 40s. Behind yesterday’s cold front we feel the full-on rush of northwest winds 10-20 mph accompanying autumnal high temperatures in upper 40s to low 50s. Skies may oscillate between partly to mostly sunny. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Winds calm fairly quickly but could have a couple small moments around 10 mph out of the northwest. Low temperatures dive, thanks to clear skies, to lows in the mid-30s (still no frost?) downtown and the upper 20s in the coldest suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): A day that still requires some morning layers, but we warm quickly under sunny skies. A few clouds could pop during midday hours. High temperatures region-wide should end up in the 50s. The coolest readings are to the north and west, and warmest—a couple 60 degree readings possible—mainly south and east of town. South breezes may pick up later in the day to around 5 mph. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Low dew points in this dry air mass allow temperatures to cool quickly, even with a few clouds around. Before dawn we should bottom out in the mid-30s to lower 40s (downtown). A light southwest breeze may continue around 5-10 mph. Confidence: High

Sunday: Autumn chill eases just a bit as sunny skies promote temperatures toward the 60 degree mark, especially near and south of the city. Generally, though, the region should see mid-to-upper 50s. Get outside for a walk, run, bike ride—anything! A slight breeze can’t be ruled out. Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Overnight low temperatures may stay juuuust slightly above the “nippy” range, in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Skies remain mostly clear and winds light. Confidence: Medium-High

Veterans Day looks mainly sunny, but we may have Canadian air encroaching slightly from the north and west—keeping us in the mid-to-upper 50s. If you have off, try to enjoy a decent weather day to visit a veteran or memorial. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday has a somewhat sunny appearance, but also a great enough number of clouds to keep high temperatures down just a little bit. Around 50 degrees to low-50s for highs. Since it is possible we see more sunshine than it looks now, mid-50s aren’t out of the question. We should remain dry through the day, but showers could approach for the overnight.  Confidence: Low-Medium

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