D.C. area forecast: Milder and sunny Sunday; Rainy day Monday

April 6

Today’s Daily Digit

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

8
Could stand a few degrees warmer, but, hey, it’s still nice.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: 60-65.

Tonight: Increasing clouds. Lows: Upper 30s-mid 40s.

Tomorrow: Periods of rain. Highs: Mid-to-upper 50s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

With a lighter wind and a couple extra degrees, today is the pick of the weekend.  Enjoy it though because tomorrow the weather goes downhill, with showers and a general chill to start the week.  It doesn’t stick around all that long though, and we’ll warm back up for the mid-week.  If one looks out a bit farther, it only gets better!

Today (Sunday): High pressure moves overhead today, suppressing the winds and generally leaving us with a wonderful spring day.  The only thing keeping us from calling it a “Nice Day” is the fact we could stay just on the cool side of criteria (65-85).  That being said, a sunny day with temperatures topping out in the low-to-mid 60s is pretty nice in my book.  Winds are generally light, and should switch from northwesterly to southeasterly during the mid-afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: We stay partly cloudy through the early evening but as the night wears on, clouds are on the increase as a strengthening storm begins to approach from the southwest.  Those in central and southwestern Virginia could see some showers moving in as you wake, but for the immediate area, we should stay dry through dawn.  Overnight lows should range from the upper 30s to the mid-40s with light southeasterly winds. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Monday): The beginning of the week is shaping up to be pretty lousy.  As the storm passes to the west, areas of light and moderate rain along and ahead of a warm front head our way.  Showers should move in late in the morning rush and continue on and off through the day, with the heavier, steadier activity more likely  in the afternoon and evening.  The storm has a bit of a hard time scouring out cooler surface air and temperatures are held in the mid-50s to near 60 degrees. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Light and moderate rain showers continue to move through through the first part of the overnight but eventually move out by morning after giving some parts of the area a good soaking.  The warmer air finally begins to make some headway so temperatures don’t fall off all that much, with lows in the upper 40s/low 50s overnight with mostly cloudy skies. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Tuesday brings back some breezy conditions as the storm system continues to crank its way through the Northeast and into Canada.  Luckily though, the air streaming in behind it is not coming in from a really cold source region, and more from the west than from the northwes. For us, that means more warmth.  Partly sunny conditions emerge through the day and we’ll need to watch for some additional showers popping (20% chance) up as the upper low swings through.  Temperatures should get a bump with highs in the mid (maybe upper?) 60s with winds running in the 15-25 mph range.  Overnight looks mostly clear and breezy, with lows from the upper 30s to the mid 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

We get into the middle of what little cold air is available on Wednesday so highs don’t quite get as warm and the winds continue to whip around as well.  That being said, it’s not all that bad out there.  Skies continue to be on the partly to mostly sunny side, and highs should still manage to climb to near 60.  So, we’ll take it, knowing the the latter half of the week looks downright gorgeous! Confidence: Medium

For that second half of the week, a ridge sets up across the southeast  coastal region, pumping warmth into our area and giving us a couple days with chances at 70 heading into the weekend.  Confidence: Medium

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