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

 
More 70s warmth keeps the digit flying high, despite the pollen and morning clouds.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly to partly cloudy. Isolated shower/storm? Low-to-mid 70s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Isolated evening shower/storm? Mid-to-upper 50s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Slight chance of p.m. t’storm. Upper 70s to near 80. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

It’s getting harder and harder to find new ways to describe this relentlessly warm weather pattern. But it sure is easy to enjoy it.. Highs return to the 70s today, top out in the upper 70s to near 80 tomorrow, and could go even higher Friday. While an isolated shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out through the end of the work week, the weekend may present the best chance of getting wet.

Today (Wednesday): Well it’s the same old story, but one that many folks are probably happy to see repeat itself. After a mostly cloudy morning with areas of fog, partly sunny afternoon skies help highs back to the low-to-mid 70s. An isolated shower or thunderstorm can’t be ruled out, especially south and/or west of D.C. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: An isolated shower or thunderstorm remains possible through evening. Otherwise, we’re partly cloudy with areas of fog developing overnight and lows mainly in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Thursday): Our light breeze shifts to come more from the south rather than from the east/southeast off the ocean. That means a better chance of seeing more sun earlier in the day. Overall we’ll call it partly sunny and even warmer with highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Just a slight chance of an afternoon shower or thunderstorm. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: I’ll mention a slight chance of an evening shower or thunderstorm. But for the most part it’s likely to be a very pleasant night with partly cloudy skies and lows in the 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

If you didn’t already think this weather was ridiculous, just wait until Friday. Highs soar to near 80 to the mid-80s under partly to mostly sunny skies. The D.C. record for the date is probably safe (93 in 1907, which by the way is the highest high on record for March). But Dulles’s record of 83 (set in 1994) might be challenged. A storm system edging closer from the west brings a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday night with lows in the 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium

A slow-moving storm system has its eyes on the D.C. area for the weekend. That means the potential for considerable cloudiness, periods of showers and maybe some thunderstorms. Still early to get any more detailed than that. Highs should top out somewhere from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, with Saturday night lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium