Today’s Daily Digit

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

Clouds and gusty showers not the best end to the week. But we’ve been colder and dealt with worse, right?

Express Forecast

Today: Some showers, breezy. Highs: 50s to around 60.

Tonight: Less breezy, a few showers possible. Lows: Mid-40s to around 50.

Tomorrow: Really wet. Highs: Upper 40s to mid-50s.

Sunday: Fewer clouds by p.m., quick showers possible. Highs: Near 50 to mid-50s.


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Enjoy our relatively decent day today because it may be an opening salvo to a fairly wet, somewhat windy, cool, and cloudy weekend. I suppose it is better than previous weekends with wintry storm threats; but, we won’t exactly be able to easily make and enjoy outdoor activities. Hard to believe our Friday may not be quite as bad, weather-wise, as the potential heavy rain and cooler temperatures this weekend. Decent winds are possible Sunday night especially. March is going out with some fight, until acquiescing next week with MUCH better conditions to open April.

Today (Friday): Sorry but any peeks of sun hide readily under mainly overcast skies as showers pester (80% chance). They shouldn’t be all day though, and focus especially during the mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Despite our grayness and dampness, we still manage high temperatures in the 50s. If showers are not heavy and move through exceptionally quickly, we may manage some high temperatures around 60 to low 60s south of town. Strong 10-20 mph south winds will try their best to get us above 60, but high temperatures remain a question mark. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: With only a 20-30% chance of light evening showers or drizzle, we have a decent chance of a little drying out; however, around and midnight we have a 50% chance of another round of light showers—so tote a small umbrella along, if staying out late. Breezes should slacken a bit but aid in mixing our atmosphere just enough to prevent low temperatures from cooling much beyond the mid-40s to around 50. Generally overcast skies help with our insulation as well. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): This may indeed be a wet one, with roughly 90% chance of rain. What is unfortunate for our outdoor plans (and good for gardens) is that this slow moving storm system moves in slowly and hangs around pretty much all day. Nats pre-season finale at 2:05 p.m.? Not looking too good right now. Rain amounts could be over three quarters of an inch. North and east of the city could come close to—eesh–2 inches. Expect light easterly breezes around 5 mph for most of the day, grabbing moisture off of the Atlantic and bay. High temperatures struggle toward the upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: The first round moves on, but as a low forms offshore, we may keep a rain risk through the night. It’s about a 50-60% chance of rain, and if any is heavy enough we might need to think localized ponding or even small scale flooding. Some wintry mix could even mix in, but temps make it no concern. Overnight low temperatures could vary from the upper 30s to mid-40s. Light winds may turn into noticeable northwesterly winds 10-20 mph overnight. Those could assist in drying us out after any additional heavy rain. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Luckily has a decreased (30-40%) chance of showers and increased chances of a few blue sky patches; however, upper-level energy overhead may spark a couple quick rain bursts. Depending on surface temperatures and intensity, even some wintry mix may come down as well. By mid-afternoon we should see some peeks through the generally cloudy skies—any sunshine could be self-destructive, though, by percolating instability showers quickly. High temperatures manage for most of us to reach the near 50 to mid-50s range. Confidence: Low-Medium


Sunday night: Skies should fully clear as the night goes on. With clearing skies, more of our surface warmth can escape, so expect somewhat chilly temperatures in the mid-30s, perhaps around 40 downtown. Not that cold, I know, but colder than we have started—just started—to get used to. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday’s the final day of our until-recently cold March. We give this month of snow records and low temperatures records a sendoff like a lamb, with high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. Let’s bask in that sunshine! Confidence: Medium

Tuesday’s weather could be sublime with high temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s. If we stay mainly cloud-free and have a warm southwest breeze all day, we could nudge a bit higher than that! Confidence: Low-Medium