D.C. area forecast: Warm today, even warmer this weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Gusty breezes won’t lead to any chill on this sunny spring day.

Express Forecast

Today: Breezy with just a few clouds by afternoon. Highs: 70-74.

Tonight: Gradually increasing clouds. Lows: 49-53.

Tomorrow: Scattered showers likely, maybe a t’storm. Highs: 69-73.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Spring literally springs to life the next few days with highs well into the 70s and maybe even higher. A few April showers on Friday are kind enough to clear out early Saturday morning and ensure the rest of the weekend is nothing but nice. The cherry blossoms will be peaking as will multitudes of daffodils, early tulips, magnolias and many more. Many trees are likely to leaf out overnight and with that get ready for the sneeze-fest to soon follow.

Today (Thursday): Sunshine dominates the morning and breezes slowly pick up the pace. By afternoon, the winds peak out at 10-20 mph, gusting to 25-30 mph from the southwest so keep the hair brush handy. Look for some pop-up clouds but nothing more. Highs are mainly in the lower 70s. Confidence: High

Tonight: A cold front slowly approaches overnight with attendant clouds. Breezes are still notable at 5-15 mph through much of the night from the south. Lows only slip to the upper 40s to lower 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Since the front looks likely to stall over the area, showers are possible just about anywhere at any time, with increasing chances (from 40 percent in the morning to 70 percent) in the afternoon. However, they are unlikely to amount to much as the dynamics are fairly weak. The chance of a thunderstorm is closer to just 20 percent. As long as the winds stay out of the southwest as expected, highs should still peak out in the upper 60s to lower 70s but might only be in the mid-60s farther north in the Frederick/Baltimore vicinity. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Off and on showers remain even more likely (80% probability) through the night and again a slight chance for a bolt of lightning or two. Despite all the activity, most areas are likely to end up with a quarter inch or less. Fine by me – quicker to get in the garden on the weekend! Lows hold in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Clouds linger some Saturday morning but the sun should burn most of them off by midday. The afternoon should be gloriously sunny and mild with barely a breeze to be had. Highs reach the low-to-mid 70s. The overnight is star-filled and mild with lows in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is worth a hosanna or two with abundant sunshine and highs working very hard to reach 80. Nearly all areas should at least hit the upper 70s. The only thing likely to be falling from the skies are kites, Frisbees and various balls. The evening sidewalks should be busy and greeted by a nearly full moon rising in the east. Overnight lows are mainly mid-to-upper 50s and maybe just 60 downtown. Confidence: High

Monday is likely to see high clouds build across the area but plenty of sunshine should still get through and look for highs to still reach mid-to-upper 70s and if the clouds are really thin, low 80s! Confidence: Medium

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