PM Update: Remaining cool through a breezy Tuesday; Christine hits Australia

Temperature Map

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

Clouds filled the sky through much of our last Monday in 2013, and they should be relatively slow to depart overnight. Highs in the mid-and-upper 40s many spots are pretty close to normal, though we’ve seen readings fall back off into the 30s and low 40s during the day. We may slash a few degrees off highs tomorrow, but more sun comes along for the ride!

Through Tonight: We should see skies remain partly to mostly cloudy through much of the night.  Evening temperatures heading through the 30s make their way to lows reaching the mid-20s to near 30. Winds are rather light at least.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): More in the way of sunshine is expected compared to today, but winds eventually flip back to the north after a brief southerly flow in the morning  Those winds are probably gusty late in the day, sustained as high as around 15 mph and gusts near 30 mph. Highs reach the near 40 to mid-40s range.

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Tidal Basin on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 - (Dennis Dimick via Flickr)

Tidal Basin on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013 – (Dennis Dimick via Flickr)

(Australian radar via Bill Read on Facebook)

(Australian radar via Bill Read on Facebook)

Christine: Tropical Cyclone Christine has made landfall in western Australia, with expected gusts to around 125 mph. The storm was rated a category three as it impacted the Pilbara coastline earlier today (overnight in Australia). Storm surge in excess of 5 meters (16 feet+) was expected as the storm made landfall, though specific news is slow to trickle out thus far, as is typically the case following a major tropical system coming ashore. From here out, the main threat will be heavy rains, with 2-4 inches expected along its track and higher amounts possible. The big winner for rain so far is Broom which has recorded around 7 inches.

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