D.C. area forecast: Warm today, possible afternoon shower; cooler, nice on Sunday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Breezy 70s will feel great. We may need to dodge a shower or t’shower late.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny, breezy. Scattered PM showers or t’showers. Low-to-mid 70s.

Tonight: Evening shower possible. Clearing, breezy. Lows: 40s to near 50.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-60s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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We’re on something of a roller coaster of temperatures in coming days. They’re up today, down tomorrow, somewhat steady on Monday then down again on Tuesday. The good news is the weekend is pretty nice, and even Monday could be drier than not during the daylight hours. Let’s ignore Tuesday for now.

Today (Saturday): We start off with lots of sun, and may generally finish that way when we think of the day. But, clouds bubble in the afternoon and scattered showers or thundershowers may develop as a front passes. The air mass ahead of it isn’t particularly conducive, but cold air and strong winds aloft passing by will promote isolated to scattered pop ups either way. Some small hail is possible, and locally gusty winds as well. Highs are mostly in the low-to-mid 70s. Winds are pretty gusty from the west and northwest, peaking around 20 mph in the afternoon with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Cooler, drier air filters in behind the front, and clouds clear. Those factors combine for a noticeable chill, especially when adding in the wind. Winds stay up in the evening, and only dwindle to around 5-10 mph late night. Lows reach the low 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): Following a chilly start, and with a north wind continuing to feed cool air into the area, plan on temperatures a bit lower than today. That said, not bad… not bad at all. Highs make a run for the mid-60s most spots, under mostly sunny skies. Clouds may begin to increase toward sunset. Winds are from the north around 10 mph with higher gusts. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Skies are partly cloudy as the first impacts of the large central United States storm system begin to be noticed. Despite the cloud blanket, overnight lows are again mainly in the 40s across the area, with D.C. perhaps sticking with 50. Winds are from the southeast around 5 mph. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

We may see some sunshine early on Monday, but the general story is that of thickening and lowering clouds. Once we get past midday, showers may begin to push in from the west and south. Anything substantial looks to want to hold off until the late day or overnight, but since it’s several days out the rainiest time slot is largely TBD. Temperatures strive for the 60s, let’s say low-to-mid for now. Confidence: Low-Medium

Showers or periodic rain remains possible on Tuesday. Probably not an all day washout but not the nicest one either — that’s maybe putting it lightly. It’s pretty cool for this time of year, with highs struggling to get out of the 50s. Warm air isn’t far off, but for now it’s hard not to lean low. With some luck that potential wedge won’t last long — hints it breaks by Wednesday. Confidence: Low-Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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