D.C. area forecast: More pleasant than not this weekend, and beyond

Today’s Daily Digit

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

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Weekend is a huge plus, but the weather may be one step down from Friday if grading fairly.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly sunny. Isolated showers? Highs: Near 70 to mid-70s.

Tonight: Partly to mostly clear. Lows: Low-to-mid 50s.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny, turning windy. Scattered p.m. showers. Highs: Near 70 to mid-70s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

Average temperatures are now squarely in the near-perfect range, featuring low 70s for highs and near 50 for lows. We should see a lot of days around those marks in the period ahead, with perhaps a true warming trend as we head deep into next week. Outside a very small potential weather nuisance or two this weekend, it’s largely smooth sailing for outdoor plans.

Today (Saturday): A little less perfect than yesterday? It should still be very decent. Skies are partly cloudy on the whole, perhaps mostly cloudy at times. There’s a 20% chance of a brief shower or a sprinkle during the day as a developing low passes by way to our north and sends a little moisture our way. Highs should still head for the near 70 to mid-70s range. Southwest breezes peak in the afternoon around 10 to 15 mph sustained with higher gusts. A blowing pollen warning remains in effect! Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies trend from partly cloudy in the evening to mostly clear overnight. Temperatures bottom out in the low-to-mid 50s most spots. Winds are light from the west. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): It’s another day of some clouds mixed with sun. If we’re lucky sun will win out overall, but don’t bet on it. While prior days have been breezy, this one may end up truly windy, at least for a time in the afternoon. A weak front passing through the area brings a few scattered showers before and while those winds kick up from the northwest. They’re sustained as high as 20 mph with gusts past 30 mph possible. Highs make the near 70 to mid-70s range. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: A risk of showers may linger into the evening, but it eventually drifts south and east of the area as clearing commences. With a little bit of a fresh and cool air mass, lows are mainly in the 40s, ranging from about 43-50 across the region. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday‘s another mostly fine day. Perhaps a little cooler than the weekend, but that means mainly mid-to-upper 60s across the area. While we should start with lots of sun, and generally stay that way through the day, clouds are on the increase late. There could even be a shower by sunset or so. Confidence: Medium

A few showers are possible Monday night through around dawn — or maybe into — Tuesday morning. Otherwise, we should want to trend clearer as the day goes. It’s another cooler than normal one, but temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s should feel just fine, and it should start warming up noticeably in the days following… Confidence: 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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