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Forecast: Another stretch of calm, but cooler weather through the weekend

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

After 10 days of 60+ in DC, today’s low 50s feel quite cool. Still, partial sun sure beats Tuesday’s dreary rain.
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Today: Partly sunny, breezy. Low 50s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly clear. Upper 20s to upper 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Low-to-mid 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Tell me we’ll be partly sunny with highs in the 50s on the last day of November and I’d say sounds great to me. That’s indeed the forecast for today and it doesn’t sound bad at all. The way we experience weather is always relative, though. And compared to the past 10 days of highs above 60 at Reagan National, today’s low 50s carry a significant chill. So dress warmly and give your body a chance to acclimate to our new normal, which stays in place straight through the weekend.

Today (Wednesday): We’re noticeably colder than we have been. But as far as late-November cold blasts go, this one’s not too terrible. From morning lows near or above 40, temperatures recover to highs in the low 50s under partly sunny skies. It will be somewhat breezy, with winds from the west around 10-20 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies go partly to mostly clear and winds diminish. Still, just enough of a breeze should remain to keep temperatures from tanking all that much. Look for lows landing in the 30s for most, maybe some upper 20s in the outlying colder spots. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): High pressure delivers a trouble-free Thursday, the first day of December, with mostly sunny skies and highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Did you know that Dec. 1 is the only December day that D.C. hasn’t recorded more than a trace of snow since record-keeping began? We won’t be changing that this year. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Nothing to see here. Clear skies and calm winds lead to lows sinking back to the 30s, except maybe upper 20s in some of the typically colder spots. Confidence: High


Friday through Sunday brings more of the same. Partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the 50s, maybe nearing or touching 60 in some spots Friday and Sunday, are nothing to sneeze at for first weekend of December. Meanwhile, lows mainly in the 30s are cool, but far from being bitterly cold. Enjoy! Confidence: Medium-High

Dan Stillman is a meteorologist and editor for the Capital Weather Gang. He earned an M.S. in Meteorology from Texas A&M University, and a B.S. in Atmospheric, Oceanic and Space Sciences from the University of Michigan.


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