Today’s Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
Mostly sunny skies, with temps well into the 50s, make it easy to ignore a few clouds & a light breeze!
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, increasing breezes. Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tonight: Mostly clear, slightly breezy. Near 30 to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Near 50 to low 50s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny, splendid! Mid-to-upper 50s. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

After we get through just a bit of breeze-chilled air later today and tonight, we have a mostly splendid, sunny, and somewhat mild weekend ahead of us. It isn’t even until Monday that we see substantial cloud cover to amplify any Seasonal Affective Disorder that’s probably setting in for some folks. By Tuesday, we have a chance of rain again -- and we probably could use it after a dry November. But in the meantime, get out as often as you can this weekend, and don’t sleep in too much either, since the sun sets early these days!

””Snow Potential Index: 1 (→) - No reason to demote or promote the small chance of snow midweek next week after a strong cold front passes.
 
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Today (Friday): It’s almost a carbon copy of yesterday but even warmer, get outside and enjoy lunch in the sunshine. Lower 50s for that early outdoor lunch should become mid-to-upper 50s by mid-afternoon. Worth noting are a few clouds and a slight up-tick in breezes possible in the afternoon as a weak cold front moves through. Those winds probably aren’t too strong though, blowing 5-10 mph out of the northwest by evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Pretty darn crisp and cold! Even downtown we could dip toward the freezing mark (DCA likely another near miss for first freeze, though). Because of a slight 5-10 mph breeze out of the north, temperatures may be more uniform than normal, region-wide, in the 30-35 degree range. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): This one should prove fantastic for outdoor chores, bike rides, or walking on The Mall. Sunshine reigns and propels our high temperatures toward their comfortable, seasonal averages near 50 and into the low 50s. Note one item though, CWG teammates David Streit & Justin Grieser can attest to today’s 4:45pm sunset being the earliest for the year—so get out there early! Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: A few clouds mix with the stars as a slight southeast breeze blows. Low temperatures region-wide may land in the 30s, with upper 30s downtown and low 30s probable in the outlying areas near the Blue Ridge. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: I love when Sunday lives up to its name and this one will, except for maybe a few cirrus clouds overhead. An approaching cold front is still well to the west and it’s taking its sweet time heading toward us. Enjoy lovely highs in the mid-to-upper 50s, worthy of outdoor activities! Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Increasing clouds should help insulate us a bit, like a blanket. Low temperatures may only dip into the mid-40s, but outside the Beltway you might be chillier, perhaps as far down as the upper 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday could start off with a bit of sunshine but it should cloud over during the afternoon, at the latest. A cold front and most of its moisture may stall just to our west, which not only keeps us mild but also, maybe, dry. With southerly breezes, some glimmers of sun, and only a 15-25% of a shower, highs could approach the 60 degree mark. Confidence: Low-Medium

Tuesday may be our first damp day in a while. A wave or two of low pressure could move up the east side of the Appalachians and give us a couple periods of rain (50-60% chance). Nothing too heavy as it appears now, but even between any showers, skies probably remain cloudy. Thanks to this moist flow from the southwest, highs still get relatively warm, into the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Low