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D.C. area forecast: A windy mix of sun and clouds, Spring returns Saturday

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Sun plays hide and seek, chilly winds make it a less than average day.

Express Forecast

Today: Cloudy spells and quite windy. 51-55.

Tonight: Mainly clear, less breezy. 31-36.

Tomorrow: More sun, less clouds, still breezy. 53-57.


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Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

March will try to go out a little more lamb-like this weekend but we have to put up with more roaring winds today. The ascent to warmer temperatures is a pretty gradual one but many of us should make the lower 60s by the weekend. The problem on Easter is not the cold but the likelihood of scattered showers, so that bonnet may come in handy this year!

Today (Thursday): The day is likely to start off with a good deal of sun but clouds are likely to pop up by mid-morning. The rest of the day will be back and forth between mostly overcast and just scattered clouds. What will be constant are the winds, out of the northwest at 10-20 mph, so a warm coat is still a must. Highs manage the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: High

Tonight: The clouds should dissipate fairly quickly in the evening as will the winds, dropping off to just 5-10 mph. Readings will be in the 40s for all of you out and about. Overnight lows drop to the low-to-mid 30s (downtown). Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Friday): Things improve marginally as winds are only 5-15 mph and cloudy spells are much less frequent and sunny spells longer lived. Likewise, temperatures creep slightly higher reaching the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow night: The stars are front and center this evening and readings are mainly upper 40s. Lows still drop to chilly 30s with freezing conditions possible in the suburbs but upper 30s downtown. Confidence: High


Saturday is definitely the day to be out and about. Sunshine is finally unfettered. While most highs hold in the mid-to-upper 50s, there are bound to be some areas finally reaching the 60 degree mark. Winds will be light to boot. Confidence: High

Easter Sunday starts out chilly with overnight lows of mid-30s to lower 40s making sunrise services a bundle up event. Clouds may mar observance of that sunrise as well. Showers are likely to pass through the region by midday (60% chance) but amounts should be light. Despite all this, highs should still make the upper 50s to lower 60s thanks to a good southerly breeze. Skies should clear in the evening and lows hold in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Monday has plenty of sun for those lucky families at the White House Easter Egg Roll or Nationals Park and highs reach the low-to-mid 60s, I am not fooling! Confidence: Medium

David Streit grew up on a farm/ranch in Nebraska. Witness to severe weather of all varieties focused his career path. Degrees from the universities of Nebraska and Wisconsin prepared him to be a forecaster for Capital Weather Gang as well as his day job as COO of Commodity Weather Group.
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