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D.C. area forecast: Seasonal start to April with shower chance; springlike by the weekend

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Should near 60 but not perfect, with possible p.m. shower.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly cloudy, slight afternoon shower chance. Near 60.

Tonight: Clearing and colder. 30s.

Tomorrow: Sunny and quite brisk. 47-53.


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Miserable March is behind us and, while not quite perfect, the first week of April promises better things weatherwise.  Today, temperatures start off near normal with the possibility of a passing shower.  A sharp cold front shoves temperatures back down well below normal Tuesday before a partial midweek recovery.  Friday may well be a washout, but some warmth may breakout this weekend along with the cherry blossoms.

Today (Monday): Skies are variably cloudy today…tending more cloudy than not, but some sunnier intervals are possible. A cold front sneaking by in the afternoon could set off a line of showers; keep that in mind Nats fans.  But any showers that roll through should be fast-moving.  Highs are around 60, with winds from the west at 10-15 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies clear and it turns noticeably cooler.  Lows range from near 30 in the colder suburbs to the mid-30s downtown.  We’ll have a bit of a breeze from the northwest at around 10 mph, making it feel a little cooler.  Wind chills in the 20s the first night of April? Possible – in some of the colder suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Tuesday): Mostly sunny skies in the morning become partly sunny in the afternoon.  Despite the decent amount of sunshine, cold winds from the northwest hold highs below 50 in our colder suburbs, with spots just south of town making the low 50s or so. These temperatures are about 10 degrees below average.  Wind speeds are generally in the 10-15 mph range, but may gust over 20 mph at times. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow night: Wind diminish some, and with mostly clear skies, temperatures get quite cold.  Lows range from the mid-20s in the colder suburbs to the low-to-mid 30s downtown.  Confidence: Medium-High


Chilly high pressure is in control Wednesday, meaning mostly sunny skies, with highs mostly in the mid-50s. Overnight Wednesday, skies are clear with lows in the mid-20s to mid-30s.  For some of the closer in suburbs, it’s not out of the question this is the last freeze of the season. By late afternoon Thursday, some highs clouds increase as low pressure begins its approach from the south, with highs again in the mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Thursday night and Friday are most likely rainy, and possibly drenching as strong low pressure comes up the coast from the south.  Insufficient amounts of cold air will be available for winter weather worries, but the clouds and rain probably hold temperatures in the chilly 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium

The weekend is the best part of this forecast – at least the way it looks now. Friday’s storm departs leaving a fairly mild air mass in its wake. Saturday should see at least partly sunny skies, with highs near 60.  Spring could breakout big time Sunday, with highs perhaps climbing well into the 60s. However, there’s a slight (20 percent) chance of more cloud cover and a few showers which would keep it cooler/grayer. Stay tuned. Confidence: Low-Medium

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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