D.C. area forecast: Spotty showers today and tomorrow but mild

April 2

Today’s Daily Digit

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

7
The temps are a 10 but scattered showers dampen the rating enthusiasm.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy; showers possible. Highs: 64-69.

Tonight: Mainly cloudy, calm, slight chance of showers. Lows: 47-52.

Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy; a few showers possible. Highs: 65-70.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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Everyone know April showers bring May flowers. And, there are additional silver linings to this playbook. The showers the next two days are a real hit or miss affair. The ones on Friday are more organized and a thundershower or two is possible that afternoon (hopefully after the Nats home-opener)  but most areas will see less than a half inch of rain. Better yet, the rains are long gone for the weekend and it is even reasonably mild. So start planning all those things you put off last weekend for this one!

Today (Wednesday): Clouds scuttle in early and play a game of thickening and thinning through the day. Shower chance are 30-40% with the highest chance on the north side of town. However, anybody is in the running so “umbrella up”. The winds are very light as are the showers. Highs are impressively still able to make the mid-to-upper 60s maybe lower 70s in areas of more frequent cloud breaks on the south side of town (some spots north of town may hold in the low-60s). Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Shower chances diminish to just 20% but clouds hang in there, likely blocking the view of the slim crescent moon now reappearing in the wake of the setting sun. Calm conditions and evening readings in the 60s are welcome for those out and about. Lows end up in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Humidity is on the rise with light winds from the east. Clouds are hard to get away from but highs should still make the mid-to-upper 60s and 70 is possible if there are any breaks. Showers remain an ever present possibility (40% chance) but again amounts remain light. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The evening poses a greater risk of showers with a 60% chance and a few could have a rumble of thunder. Downpours are the exception though with most amounts remaining quite light. Winds are only light from the southeast. Lows slip to the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Friday will pose the greatest risk of rains and a few thundershowers along a cold front. The potentially good news is that it may not arrive until late in the day and allow the Nats to get their home opener in without a problem. Highs should be pleasantly perched in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Rain chances are 70% but rain amounts are likely to remain under the half inch mark. Still with all the rain we have had, pretty soggy conditions can be counted on in gardens, parks and playing fields alike. The showers should gradually end overnight with lows in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium

Saturday will be sporting a fresh breeze from the north and notably drier air. Highs fare well with most in the mid-to-upper 60s under mainly sunny skies. Temperatures drop off quickly under a calm star-filled night. Lows range from upper 30s suburbs to low-to-mid 40s around and inside the beltway. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is a little cooler but that is a good thing as that cooler air keeps a band of rains parked over the Carolinas instead of over us! Highs should reach the low-to-mid 60s with light breezes. A fine spring day to take advantage of outdoor activities. Confidence: Medium-High

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