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PM Update: Modest weekend warm-up before Inauguration cold blast

The sun was a sight for sore eyes today, but the chill was a bit of shock. Temperatures held in the 30s with a blustery wind from the northwest. Winds ease some and the mercury rebounds some Saturday. Then a big cold front sweep through Sunday, with moderate temps but a ramp up in wind speeds.

Through Tonight: Clear skies and diminishing winds allow temperatures to tumble. Lows range from the upper teens to near 20 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 20s downtown.

Saturday and Saturday night: Sunshine and a breeze from the south (increasing to 10-15 mph) help temperatures recover from very cold morning lows. Highs eventually reach the mid-to-upper 40s (maybe 50 just south of town). Mostly clear Saturday night and not as cold with lows 30-35 (suburbs-city).

Sunday: The Arctic front presses through the region, but temperatures probably make it up into the mid-40s before they reverse course late in the afternoon and particularly at night. Winds increase from the southwest and then northwest at 10-20 mph, with gusts to 30 mph possible. Sky conditions are generally partly sunny.

Detailed Inauguration weather forecast

See Camden Walker’s forecast into early next week. And if you haven’t already, join us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock.

Australia heat: Sydney set a stunning all-time record high temperature today, soaring to 114 degrees. More info from AccuWeather.

Jason is currently the Washington Post’s weather editor. A native Washingtonian, Jason has been a weather enthusiast since age 10.


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