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D.C. area forecast: A chilled beginning, but not bad November week overall

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

Lots of sun, but I can’t give a day 10+ degrees colder than normal more than a middling score

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: 47-51.

Tonight: Partly cloudy. Lows: 33-39.

Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs: 49-54.


Some of the coldest air since late March and early April visits the region into Tuesday. By midweek, we get a push of milder air, but that’s kicked out of the region by a cold front Thursday, which brings likely showers.  Chilly air briefly returns Friday, but temperatures should moderate over the weekend.

Today (Monday): Less wind and more sun than Sunday.  Nevertheless, the heart of the chilly airmass is overhead, making it a struggle to reach 50.  If we don’t, it will be the first time since March.  Highs range from the upper 40s to near 50, with light winds from the north. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Mostly clear early, but as winds shift around to out of the east,  low level moisture trickles in and, at least, partial cloud cover.  Overnight lows are chilly but not as cold as the previous night, ranging from the low 30s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): It’s mostly cloudy and cool thanks to cold high pressure parked to the north, circulating cool, clammy air southwestward.  Highs range from 49-54.  Winds are from the northeast at around 5-10 mph.  Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Mostly cloudy and cool, with lows from the low 40s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-to-upper 40s downtown. Confidence: Medium


Milder air tries to work its way into the region Wednesday, but I fear we’ll be wedged in by cool air and clouds.  Under variably cloudy skies, highs probably hold in the 50s, although 60-65 is possible if the warm front lifts far enough north and we get some sun.  Mostly cloudy and milder Wednesday night with lows 50-55 (suburbs-city) . Confidence: Low-Medium

Thursday may be the mildest day of the week with highs climbing in the mid-to-upper 60s; however, clouds are numerous and showers are possible, especially in the afternoon and evening as a cold front moves in. Showers end and skies partially clear Thursday night, with lows mostly in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

The stretch from Friday through Sunday should be dry, with slowly warming temperatures.  Highs Friday are on the chilly side, in the mid-to-upper 50s and it feels colder with gusty breezes from the northwest.  Winds relax over the weekend with highs in the low 60s Saturday, and mid-to-perhaps upper 60s by Sunday.  Overnight lows are generally in the 30s Friday night, and 40s Saturday night. Confidence: 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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