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PM Update: Temperatures head back below normal

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

We had a rare, of late, day with highs above normal today! In the city, a high of 68 was our warmest day since January 30 when we hit 72. Unfortunately if you want more, it’s going to be at least a few days as we’ve got cool air pouring into the region behind a cold front.

Through Tonight: The most consistent showers have pushed south and east — we’re already seeing some clearing. A few additional raindrops are possible through early evening though as we trend clearer into the night. Lows may touch the upper 20s in some places, while shooting for the mid-or-upper 30s downtown. Winds subside a bit after dark, but stay up around 5-10 mph from the northwest through the night.

Tomorrow (Tuesday): One of those “looks really nice” days that feels a bit less so when out in it. Lots of sun at least! Highs range from near 50 (upper 40s in the cold spots) to maybe as high as the mid-50s in the warmest locales. Of course, with the cooler weather comes our friend the wind. It could be sustained as high as 20 mph in the afternoon with gusts near or past 30 mph.

See Jason Samenow’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.

Enhanced tornado warnings: Last year, in response to tornado tragedies in 2011, the National Weather Service started a test in a few offices which appended “dire” language to warnings, when deemed necessary. As of today, the test expands to much of the Midwest. Warning language may include words like “catastrophic” and “destruction,” and is geared toward tornadoes which may take lives. Given that some of these enhanced warnings were issued last year without the resulting damage, some question whether the change is needed.

Pollen update: Tree pollen is currently running HIGH in the area, with 793.93 grains per cubic meter. Ceder, Cypress and Juniper are the big offenders. Mold spores are LOW.

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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