Today’s Daily Digit
A somewhat subjective rating of the days weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.
Today: Mostly to partly sunny. Mid-to-upper 60s.
Tonight: Mostly clear. 40s.
Tomorrow: Mostly to partly sunny. Mid-60s to near 70.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Temperatures:Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.
The changeability of spring was on display this week. We saw our first several-day stretch of very warm to hot days, including record highs, a “backdoor cold front” that brought cooler air in from the north, and heavy rain and t’showers on what was a rather muggy end to the work week. Let’s call the next two days payback. When “normal” for the period equates to awesome temperatures, it’s always a good thing to shoot for.
Today (Saturday): Weather bliss? Today might be close. You’ll step out into air that’s decidedly less moisture filled than recent days, and be treated to nice blue skies dotted at times with clouds.
A westerly breeze around 10-15 mph with a few higher gusts in the afternoon may be noticeable, but given temperatures mostly in the mid-to-upper 60s, it’ll be hard to mind. Clouds are probably most numerous in the warmest part of the day as a spoke of energy rotates by the the northwest. If there was more surface moisture around, I might think we’d see a shower. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Breezes of the day die off as we head into the evening, and any clouds should wane as well. Post-sunset temperatures quickly head into and through the 50s, so do plan accordingly for cooler conditions. Eventually, lows fall to a range from the low 40s in the coldest spots to the upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Sunday): Didn’t get enough? Well, let’s try again — just plan sunshine and blue sky (don’t forget the sunscreen!). The cooler air mass is starting to turn a bit stale, and we may begin to switch to a southerly wind late in the day. So, it’s possible we all end up a smidge warmer compared with today, but we’re still looking at highs in the mid-60s to near 70 overall. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: A storm that starts to get going along the Gulf Coast should start to spill clouds into the area, which helps act as a blanket on temperature drop. Lows are largely in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
The storm system to the south should stay there on Monday, though there is some question as to whether we might see a few showers or not on the northern edge. For now, mostly cloudy seems like the better bet, but it possible we’ll need to introduce some light precipitation eventually. The air is mild though, so highs head for 70 or thereabouts. Confidence: Medium
On Tuesday, the storm system heads out to sea and clearer skies return. As another storm system gets into its early phases of taking shape out west, southerly flow increases in the east. We ‘benefit’ by seeing our highs rise up to the upper 70s or low 80s. A little reminiscent of what we just went through? Might be. Confidence: Medium