D.C. area forecast: Getting warmer each day to start December

Today’s Daily Digit

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

6
A bit better than middle of the road, thanks to ~10 degree jump in temps, with some sun to boot.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy, warmer. Highs: Mid-to-upper 40s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows: Near 30 to mid-30s.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy, late-day shower? Highs: Upper 40s to near 50.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Even though we’re still on the cold side today, steady improvement is in the forecast as temperatures slowly get back to near and even above average by midweek. A weak storm system off the coast keeps some clouds around tomorrow into tomorrow night, but we may miss out on most of its moisture. By Tuesday and Wednesday, we’re looking at highs near and above 50, and near 60 may not be too far behind.

Today (Sunday): The clouds and sun wage a bit of a war for control of our skies today. We’ll call it partly cloudy along with noticeably warmer temperatures than yesterday. So all in all, not a bad way to finish out the weekend, even if still on the cold side.  Winds blow lightly out of the south-southwest around 5 mph as afternoon highs reach the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: High

Tonight: High pressure hangs on for a partly to mostly cloudy night. Most should stay dry, though there is a slight chance of a shower in the far west suburbs. Overnight lows drop to near 30 to the mid-30s with very light winds. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Monday): A weak storm begins to take shape off the East Coast as we start a new work week, keeping skies partly to mostly cloudy with highs in the upper 40s to near 50.  If the storm tracks close enough to shore, a few showers could make it into the region, especially southeastern portions, by late afternoon or evening. But as of now, odds are better we stay dry, despite a moist breeze from the east-northeast near 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The storm slides up the coast overnight with an outside chance (20-30%, highest east of D.C.) of a few light rain and/or snow showers.  Otherwise, skies remain partly to mostly cloudy with perhaps some fog/mist early on before winds switch around to come from the northwest. Overnight lows dip mainly to the mid-30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday and Wednesday feature continued improvement. We’re not likely to break out into wall-to-wall sunshine. But skies should be at least partly sunny both days, with a warming trend as well as temperatures get back to near and a bit above normal. Highs should reach the upper 40s to low 50s on Tuesday and into the 50s on Wednesday, with maybe a shower late Wednesday ahead of a cold front. Tuesday night lows settle in the 30s. Confidence: Medium

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