Looking down H Street NW as the sun sets over Washington, D.C. on October 7 (John J Young via Flickr)

October suffered an identity crisis in its first week, confusing itself with July. The average high October 1 through 6 was 88 degrees. But Monday’s cold front, complemented by gusty downpours, put an abrupt end to the summery wave.

Marking the transition from summer to fall-like weather came an impeccably-timed sunset, casting light on the departing frontal clouds in a blend of stunning yellow, orange, red, magenta, and purple hues.

We received scores of photos capturing this spectacle from around the region and share some of our favorites here. Thanks to all who submitted photos on our Twitter, Facebook and Flickr feeds.

Sunset over the Potomac River on October 7, 2013 (Parker Moore via Facebook)

Sunset from Arlington (John Sonderman via Flickr)

Sunset over Potomac, Md. (Christopher Wood via Facebook)

Sunset from Manassas, Va. October 7, 2013 (Nabil Dubraque via Facebook)