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Forecast: Nice start and end to week, wet, mucky middle

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

Despite some clouds, no rains and 70s are solid start to week.
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Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. 70-75.. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 48-55.| Tuesday: Becoming cloudy. 70-75. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The weather expected for the coming week is oddly similar to last week (hopefully without the tornadoes). Like last week, after a dazzling weekend, the week gets off to a promising start. But then we cloud over, and a strong frontal system teams up with a decaying tropical system to deliver rain and even some thunderstorms midweek. We clear out and cool off to close the week. Sound familiar?

Today (Monday): We see more in the way of mid-and-high level clouds compared to the weekend due to a weak front in our vicinity. But not a bad all. Highs reach the low-to-mid 70s and a light breeze from the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy and not as chilly as the last several nights. Lows range from the upper 40s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Perhaps partial morning sunshine, but then the cloud deck slowly lowers and thickens as low pressure approaches from the south. We should stay dry, with highs 70-75. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Rain probably develops, especially after midnight. Lows range from 52-57 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium


Wednesday is likely to be the wettest day of the week with low pressure moving through the region. Depending on its exact track, we may experience heavy rain (1-2”+) and thunderstorms, or more showery conditions with lesser amounts. Clouds should hold high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Rain pulls away Wednesday night, with clearing late. Lows range from the upper 40s to low 50s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium

The big difference between this week and last week is that this Thursday will be more tranquil, relatively speaking. No tornadic thunderstorms this time around. But as low pressure deepens to our north, it may well be quite windy. High pressure building in means partly sunny skies, with cooler highs in the upper 50s. Winds slowly subside Thursday night, with lows from the mid-to-upper 30s in the cooler suburbs to the low-to-mid 40s downtown. Confidence:Medium

Friday through Sunday look outstanding at this point, with mostly sunny skies and highs moderating from near 60 Friday to the upper 60s Sunday. Overnight lows Friday and Saturday night range from the low-to-mid 30s in the colder suburbs (possibly the first frost of the season) to the low 40s downtown. Confidence:Medium

Jason is the Washington Post’s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang's chief meteorologist. He earned a master's degree in atmospheric science, and spent 10 years as a climate change science analyst for the U.S. government. He holds the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.


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