D.C. area forecast: Chilly Christmas Day gives way to slow but steady warming

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Can’t give too much love to cold highs in the 30s. At least the sun and lack of wind are a nice Christmas consolation.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny, cold. Highs: Mid-to-upper 30s.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: Mid-20s to around 30.

Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, flurry? Highs: Mid-40s.


After what felt like a group field trip to Florida this past weekend, we’re back to below-average cold this Christmas Day. The good news is we should have plenty of sun to brighten the mood, and no wind to speak of which is always a bonus. What’s next? Slow but steady warming into the weekend, and no major weather worries through at least Saturday and maybe beyond.

Temperature Map

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

Today (Christmas Day): High pressure overhead spells a partly to mostly sunny, but rather chilly day. Highs probably can’t do better than the mid-to-upper 30s, though fortunately winds are very light. No precipitation worries whatsoever. Confidence: High

Tonight: Partly cloudy skies provide just enough insulation to keep temperatures from sinking all that far. Lows dip down to the mid-20s across the suburbs, to the upper 20s to near 30 downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Thursday): Partly cloudy skies could spit out a few flurries, especially north of town. Otherwise, we’re looking at less of a chill than today with highs heading for the mid-40s. Still fairly cold for those heading back to the malls, and this time with a breeze near 10 mph from the southwest and west. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Conditions continue pleasantly uneventful, with mostly clear skies and lows in the 20s to near 30. Confidence: High


High pressure is set to ward off all weather systems Friday through Saturday, leading to a pair of partly to mostly sunny days with highs in the mid-40s Friday and near 50 to low 50s on Saturday. Lows Friday and Saturday night range from the mid-20s to mid-30s. Confidence: Medium-High

For Sunday we’ll need to watch the evolution of a storm system possibly riding up the coast and threatening our area with some rain showers, or perhaps staying well off the coast and leaving us dry. Based on the current model guidance we’ll lean toward the latter for now, with just a 20-30% chance of showers and highs near 50 to the mid-50s. But stay tuned. Confidence: Low-Medium

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.
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