D.C. area forecast: Milder sunshine today, a soggy weekend all-around

March 27

Today’s Daily Digit

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

6
A half-hearted attempt at a spring day but sunny and mild enough to beat the majority of our March madness.

Express Forecast

Today: Morning sun, some increase in PM clouds. Highs: 48-54.

Tonight: Clouds increase late. Lows: 38-42.

Tomorrow: Cloudy, breezy, mid-day showers. Highs: 61-65.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Soak up what sunshine we have today because Friday through the weekend the only soaking going on is of the liquid variety. For a change I can say with near certainty that it will be liquid rather than solid. Gardener’s get another weekend off, not that there is much growing yet anyway. We are likely to be bombarded in April by all the flowering put on hold! March exits true to form on Monday going out like a lamb with sunny 60s.

Today (Thursday): The day gets off to chilly start (some teens in our colder suburbs!) but the spring sunshine should be strong enough to warm things up nicely by midday. Scattered clouds should be prevalent by early afternoon but highs still make the upper 40s to lower 50s. These readings are still shy of normal by about 10 degrees but it should feel more like spring. Winds are from the south at 5-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: The stars come out unfettered in the evening but clouds increase after midnight as a front approaches. This evening offers a window to see the red planet Mars and blue star Spica side-by-side in the southeastern sky around 10:30, since the entire weekend will be mainly overcast. Lows fall to the upper 30s to lower 40s and breezes are light from the south. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Friday): Glimpses of sun are possible at dawn but the clouds thicken through the morning. Showers are a near (90%) certainty between the morning and mid-afternoon hours. The band of rain moves through fairly quickly with most areas seeing less than a quarter inch of rain. Highs are shockingly normal despite the showers, as strong south winds push the area into the low-to-mid 60s.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: With a little luck, the evening should dry out. Coupled with light breezes and upper 50s, it would be just the time to get out and about. Clouds continue to scuttle across the sky but showers are not likely until nearly dawn as the next salvo of rains approach. Lows are in the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday starts out rainy and stays that way all day and much of the night. Once again a 90% chance of precipitation is in order. A slow moving storm comes in from the southwest and does not make it to the coast until late evening. Rain amounts could be around an inch in much of the area and some spots, most likely north and east of the city, could come close to 2 inches.  The heaviest rain probably comes at night. While not likely to cause any flooding, enough for ponding, so drive carefully. Highs hold in the low-to-mid 50s and overnight lows are upper 30s to lower 40s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday is going to be a struggle to break out of the clouds. The storm is likely to be pulling away from the area but the upper level low is right overhead. This keeps conditions unstable, atmospherically speaking, making it still quite possible (60%) that occasional showers will dot the landscape. It is a decent bet that we see clouds begin to break in the afternoon but highs mainly hold in the low-to-mid 50s. Clearing overnight is a much better bet with lows in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday marks the end of a month to remember with multiple daily snow records in the books. But this is the “day of the lamb” at least with lots of sun and highs in the low-to-mid 60s. At last! Confidence: Medium-High

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