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PM Update: Spring-like warmth Saturday, more winter-like Sunday

For warm weather fans, winter 2011-12 is the gift which keeps on giving. Since records have been kept in Washington, it was only warmer than today’s high of 63 three times (record 73 in 2007) on this date. After a chilly night, we may come close to today’s highs tomorrow. But a weak front drops high temperatures down closer to normal levels Sunday.

Through Tonight: Despite today’s warmth, clear skies help the heat escape quickly and temperatures fall accordingly. By 10 p.m., most spots are back into the 40s. By early morning, lows range from near freezing in the cooler suburbs to the upper 30s downtown.

The weekend: Saturday is just as delightful as today. Partly to mostly sunny skies and a downsloping (warming) wind from the west assist temperatures in closing in on the 60-degree mark once again. You’ll probably notice more in the way of clouds in the afternoon compared to the morning.

A weak cold front passes by Saturday night, producing just a few clouds but shifting winds to a northwesterly direction. That helps push low temperatures in the mid-30s downtown to the upper 20s in the colder suburbs.

Sunday’s partly sunny and cooler, with highs in the upper 40s.

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

Fun weathercast featuring WUSA’s Andrea Roane: Meteorologist Howard Bernstein let the veteran news anchor Roane deliver the weather forecast this morning. She did quite well. Did she find a new calling? Watch the video.

Texas drought: NOAA says its official. 2011 was the driest year on record in Texas reports the Houston Chronicle’s SciGuy, Eric Berger.

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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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