Chance of patchy afternoon light rain

High clouds have filtered today’s sunshine while brisk winds from the north and northwest have gusted at times over 25 mph. As a result, high temperatures have only managed to reach the low 60s, more than 20 degrees colder than yesterday. Tomorrow, increasing clouds and some patchy light rain push temps down another notch before a warming trend commences over the weekend.

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Through Tonight: Compared to yesterday evening, which was downright balmy (60s and 70s before midnight), tonight it’s downright cold. Partly cloudy skies early become mostly cloudy late, and lows reach the upper 30s in the some of the colder suburbs to the mid-40s downtown.

Tomorrow (Friday): It gradually becomes overcast with rain developing in the far west and northwest suburbs during the mid-to-late morning. Elsewhere, some patchy light rain is likely to develop during afternoon, but some areas - especially south - may see little, if any rain. Hopefully, enough rain falls to lower pollen levels. Temperatures are quite chilly, with highs ranging from 50 or lower in the colder northwest suburbs (Frederick county) to the mid-to-upper 50s in the far southern suburbs (Stafford and Prince William county). Winds are from the east around 10 mph.

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