D.C. area forecast: Mild sunshine today, showers tomorrow, superb weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

10
Ok it might be just a 9.5 due to morning winds whipping up the pollen, but I am rounding up.

Express Forecast

Today: Sunny with diminishing winds. Highs: 66-70.

Tonight: Starry skies and calm. Lows: 42-49.

Tomorrow: Increasing clouds, showers likely. Highs: 70-74.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The scenario goes like this: we continue to blow all the pollen off the trees today and then have a nice gentle soaking rain clean it all out of the air during the  day Friday! I know –  wishful thinking, but one thing is for sure: the coming weekend is nothing to sneeze at!

Plenty of sun and warm temperatures beckon us to get out and enjoy the weekend in the myriad ways that this region offers. For my money, gardens are the first choice- alive and dazzling with blooms, especially the early azaleas that are just about to burst.

nice day
Today (Thursday): The sun shines bright and the northwest wind dies down some by early afternoon. Only a few clouds appear in the afternoon’s bright blue sky. Highs reach the upper 60s to 70 for a nice day stamp of approval. Winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph, gusting over 20 mph in the morning drop to around 10 mph in the afternoon. Confidence: High

Tonight: Stars grace the evening skies and winds are calm with readings still near 60. Clouds slowly increase later at night. By dawn, lows slip into the 40s to near 50 downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Friday): The early morning clouds have quite a few breaks so pre-dawn risers might still get a view of the crescent moon and Venus on the eastern horizon. Clouds thicken through the morning, and showers are likely (70% chance) anytime after noon. It might not be a great day to plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day, but gardens won’t complain as they could get a quarter to half inch of rain. Highs mainly hold in the lower 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Gradual clearing and calm conditions could lead to a few patches of fog before sunrise. If clouds mess up Friday morning viewing, the moon and Venus should be readily viewable Saturday pre-dawn. Lows range from upper 40s suburbs to mid-50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday could not get much better if it tried! Sunshine is non-stop in the morning but clouds are likely to increase in number as the afternoon progresses. Still, highs reach the mid-to-upper 70s with low humidity. Breezes are brisk but not obnoxious. A clear night follows with lows in the 40s as winds calm. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday is a little cooler. For those of you with low heat tolerance (you know who you are), this is your day! Highs are mainly in the upper 60s with plenty of sun.  Winds are practically non-existent. Lows again slip into the 40s to near 50 across the region with a slow increase in clouds likely. Confidence: High

Monday could still hang on to quite a few breaks in the clouds but a strong, potentially severe storm in the Plains will already be spinning a few showers our way. The chance of measurable rain is still only 20% but that will change as the week progresses and the storm approaches. Highs are expected to reach the mid-to-upper 60s. Confidence: Medium

 

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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David Streit · April 24, 2014

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