D.C. area forecast: Today’s cold is gone tomorrow; warming up into weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

5
The sun looks so warm from the inside, but feels so cold on the outside. Breezy, too.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, breezy, cold. Highs: Low-to-mid 40s.

Tonight: Clear and cold. Lows: Mid-20s to low 30s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny, warmer. Highs: Mid-50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

This is the coldest November weather we’ve seen in quite some time. That’s the bad news if you don’t like to shiver. The good news is this cold snap will be a short-lived one. By tomorrow, afternoon highs will already be back to just a few degrees shy of normal. And by Friday through the weekend we’re looking at highs near and above 60, with our next cold shot probably not until midweek next week. Precipitation prospects are pretty much non-existent until we pick up a chance of Sunday showers.

Wind Chill Map

Wind chills: Latest D.C. area wind chills. See more maps on our Weather Wall.

Today (Wednesday): Unlike yesterday, when the cold air was just arriving as we headed out for the morning commute, the winter chill is well entrenched with morning lows starting at or below freezing for most of us. Partly to mostly sunny skies do their best to lift temperatures higher through the day. But low-to-mid 40s is about all we can muster for afternoon highs. Add to that winds near 15 mph from the northwest and gusts near 25 mph, and we have ourselves a a chilly one for sure. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear and cold with lows in the mid-20s to low 30s (suburbs to city), or about 10 degrees below normal. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): It’s a kinder, gentler day as far as the cold goes. While many of us start once again with that near-to-below freezing chill, a milder flow from the southwest helps bump afternoon highs to the mid-50s. Not a bad day at all, especially when you factor in mostly sunny skies and light winds near 10 mph from the southwest. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Still on the chilly side, but temperatures fall to more typical ranges for this time of year. Overnight lows bottom from near 30 in the coldest suburbs to the mid-to-upper 30s downtown, with light winds and mostly clear skies . Confidence: High

A LOOK AHEAD

High pressure parked offshore means a continued milder flow from the south/southwest for Friday through Saturday. That translates to partly sunny skies and highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Friday night lows fall mainly to the upper 30s to low 40s, while Saturday night lows should be in the 40s area-wide. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday should see even warmer highs, somewhere in the 60s. The trade-off is the potential for increased clouds and, as of now, a 30% chance of scattered showers. If you have outdoor plans, no need to change them for the time being. But you’ll want to  check back for updates. Confidence: Low-Medium

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