D.C. area forecast: Showers, possible thunderstorms today; classic spring weekend ahead

April 4

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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A tad muggy? Breezes and showers, mainly late, help cool us off from stifling 60s, ha! NatCast leans dry.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, p.m. showers or thunderstorms possible. Breezy. Highs: 60s.

Tonight: Scattered evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows: Upper 40s to mid-50s.

Tomorrow: Sunny, somewhat windy. Highs: 62-68.

Sunday: Mainly sunny, comfortable. Highs: 60-66.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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The weather is to improve over the weekend allowing everyone to enjoy the outdoors. Before then, we encourage you to watch radar with us today as we dodge some showers and perhaps a couple thunderstorms, especially if heading out to opening day at Nats Park. After our nice weekend, another batch of wet weather could head toward us as the workweek begins. Good timing, right?

Today (Friday): Temperatures should still manage to get into the 60s today, despite the risk of showers. Maybe a passing shower early, but more consistent scattered showers and rumbles heading into evening. Just how high into the 60s could we get? It depends on how persistent cloud cover is and how numerous showers end up being. A front has moved just to our south but may oscillate northward as well. Peeks of sunshine might warm us toward 70, mainly south and west of town. Our northeasterly breezes up to 15 mph turn mainly due east as the day goes, perhaps eventually southeast for a time. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tonight: Showers and a thunderstorm risk (probably largely or fully below severe levels) peaks in the evening, when they’re likely across the area for a time. Right now it looks like the best odds are in the 4 p.m. to midnight window, west to east. Activity could be sparse too, as it’s running into a bit cooler air in our region. Still, I’d expect at least scattered activity to move through. Low temperatures may not go far, into the upper 40s to mid-50s by just before a clearing sunrise, as westerly winds pick up to around 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Bright and sunny with high temperatures in the 62-68 degree range. Seems warm enough, right? We might have a contender for not only a Nice Day stamp, but a ‘9’ or ‘10’ daily digit! The only wrinkle might be somewhat gusty 10-20 mph (on average) westerly winds with which we’ll have to handle. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: It could get a bit nippy if skies do indeed remain mostly clear. Outside the Beltway mid-30s are possible, with downtown perhaps remaining around 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: A “beaut,” with high temperatures in the 60-66 degree range, most likely. Also featuring: mostly sunny skies through at least mid-afternoon, don’t forget that sunscreen! Even if you don’t readily show signs of burning by UVA-B rays, UVA-A rays can still break down skin cells in the long term. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: We could cloud over a good bit, as a potential batch of rain eyes our area for after sunrise. Low temperatures may make it down to the upper 30s outside the Beltway, perhaps mid-40s downtown is the coolest it gets. Confidence: Medium-High

Having it perhaps too good over this past weekend, a cloudier and perhaps wetter pattern returns Monday with a 50-60% chance of rain. High temperatures still could manage to get into the mid-50s to around 60 even with clouds and rain. Should we stay drier and see more sunshine, we may manage the mid-60s or so. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday could be better with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the mid-60s to perhaps 70 degrees south of town. Time for more potential ‘10’ out of 10 rated weather!? Hopefully. Confidence: Low

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