9:00 a.m. update: Some extra high cloudiness is around the area this morning. More in the way of breaks should emerge in the next few hours before clouds tend to increase again as we get through the day.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
The reprieve from the cold is underway as high temperatures aim for the 60 (even, 70?) degree mark in the coming days. Get outside and enjoy while you can. Even though Sunday may be somewhat warmer than Saturday, it could be the less desirable of the two weekend days. The clouds and rain chances also eventually continue to increase toward their zenith on Monday as our next cold front arrives. Tuesday brings another winterlike reality check!
Today (Friday): Dress in layers you can peel off as we warm quickly under mainly sunny skies toward afternoon high temperatures around 60. A few mid-to-high level clouds shouldn’t hinder our warming too much; but, more clouds than currently expected could subtract a few degrees. Encouraging the warming, a light south-southwest breeze blowing periodically around 5 to perhaps 10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: A bit cloudy with even a chance (30-40%) of showers after dinner and into the night. Low temperatures don’t dip too much, thanks to our thickening cloud blanket. We only head toward the 40 degree mark for cold spots and around 45 downtown. Light south breezes should calm after midnight or thereabouts. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Saturday): This should be an OK outdoors day for plans, but we do have some clouds battling the sun for dominance. Still, high temperatures get up there in the low 60s to perhaps a few mid-60s south of town. Our southerly breeze may turn toward the southeast later in the afternoon, but also remain light. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow night: Clouds may block the stars for much of the night. Shower chances increase as time progresses, to perhaps around 20%. Most of us may be asleep though, right? Low temperatures could wander as low as the mid-40s outside the Beltway, to as warm as lower 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium
Sunday: Skies are moderately cloudy, and we may see some spits of rain? Right now it looks like passing light shower chances (in the 30-40% range) could be decreased a bit as we get closer but I’m not sure just yet. We have a storm coming out of the Midwest toward our region so clouds with some dampness is more likely than full sun. Not to say some breaks in the clouds aren’t possible. Nonetheless, high temperatures get very, um, warm… into the low-to-mid 60s. Could we challenge 70 south of town? Confidence: Low-Medium
A LOOK AHEAD
Sunday night: I doubt we can evade showers for any longer, with chances increasing to at least 65-75% it appears. Nothing too heavy, for now. Low temperatures just prior to dawn should stay comfortable, in the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Monday features our–gulp–temperature correction by evening. A powerful cold front pushes through with some substantial cloud cover and rain probable (75-85% chance). The warm surge ahead of the cold front rides with fleeting south winds. We still may manage a quick peak in the mid-60s to near 70, probably early in the day before cooling behind the front. There is a potential for rain that does more than dampen the ground as well? We’ll keep you posted! Just bring a heavier jacket for that likely-cooler commute home. Confidence: Medium
Tuesday brings an early taste of winter, or the sequel, with mainly sunny skies but much drier and cooler air. High temperatures in the mid-40s to near 50 seem a good bet and a breeze might tag along too. Much cooler once again for a few days! Confidence: Low-Medium