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PM Update: Skies clear, temps slowly warm for holiday weekend; heat wave in a week?

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It certainly did not look or feel like the Friday before Memorial Day, with sunshine-free skies, temperatures stuck in the 50s, and a biting wind gusting over 30 mph at times. The sun returns for the holiday weekend, but the warm-up and relent of the winds are only gradual .

Through Tonight: Clouds gradually clear, but probably not in time to view the Mercury-Venus-Jupiter trio. It’s breezy and cold, with lows near 40 in the colder suburbs to the mid-to-upper 40s downtown. Winds are from the northwest at 10-20 mph, with some higher gusts, especially early.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Plenty of sunshine, but also plenty of breeze. If you step out of the sun, it will feel downright chilly. Highs hold in the mid-to-upper 60s in most spots, with winds from the northwest sustained at 15-24 mph, occasionally gusting to around 30 mph.

Saturday night and Sunday: Winds diminish a notch but it remains cooler than average. Lows range from the upper 30s to mid-40s (suburbs-city) Sunday morning, with highs around 70 Sunday afternoon. Winds are from the northwest around 10-15 mph (with some higher daytime gusts)

Sunday night and Monday: Winds finally relax. Following a crisp Monday morning with lows in the 40s, temperatures mount a strong recovery during the afternoon, climbing into the mid-70s. Some high clouds may increase in the afternoon.

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

Pollen: Trees are HIGH, grasses are MODERATE-HIGH, mold spores are HIGH, and weeds are LOW.

Georgetown Thursday evening (Christopher Skillman via Flickr)

Heat wave this time next week?: It’s a long way off, and subject to change, but both the European and GFS models suggest hot weather moves into the region next Thursday and Friday.   Here’s the GFS simulation for high temperatures next Friday in the region – 90-95!

GFS model forecast highs Friday, May 31 (


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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