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D.C. area forecast: A duo of delightful days ahead, then turning unsettled

Today’s Daily Digit

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

Sun, less wind, and 60s = spring to me!

Express Forecast

Today: Partly to mostly sunny. Highs: 65-69.

Tonight: Few clouds. Lows: 40-46.

Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Highs: 69-73.


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Temperatures: Latest D.C. area temperature map. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

We’ve earned the upcoming stretch of mostly stellar weather after enduring such a long and difficult winter.  Springtime is in full bloom now as we find considerable sunshine today and tomorrow coupled with warming temperatures and lighter breezes.  Mornings are still a bit cool, but we’re battle-hardened by much colder conditions at this point.

We’ll have some April showers working their way back into the forecast on Thursday and Friday.  Temperatures on Friday could run cooler than normal too with a cool wedge in the pattern, but the weekend should return warmer 60s with more sun than not.

Today (Tuesday):  Going to bravely hoist the Nice Day icon for today as temperatures should work their way into the middle to upper 60s under mostly sunny skies and light winds.  An axis of high pressure sliding across the area keeps the winds at bay and the sunshine strong enough – though clouds are possible at times – to edge us to about the same or a bit warmer than yesterday.  Confidence: High

Tonight: Partly cloudy and cool with lows settling in the 40-46 range.  Light breezes from the south.  Confidence: High

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend…

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Even warmer temperatures are favored as highs edge into the low 70s.  This could be a second nice day in a row but  increasing clouds are a wild card that could play spoiler, especially in our northern and western areas. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds increase overnight with a slight chance of showers, especially toward morning.  Lows in the middle to upper 40s.  Confidence: Medium-High


Thursday puts us back under mostly cloudy skies with a better chance of afternoon and evening April showers and periods of rain.  Highs should range through the 60s with some variations depending on whether showers occur during the midday and afternoon period.  Rain likely Thursday night with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s.   Confidence: Medium

Friday is trending to the drearier side as a frontal system stalls either through or just to the south of the area.  That keeps us in a light rain to drizzly mode with cooler than normal temperatures. It doesn’t look like a washout for Nationals’ opening day, but sunny and warm conditions are unlikely.  Highs may only manage the lower to middle 50s in this setup as the day is damp.ish  Cloudy and showery Friday night with temperatures dipping slightly to the upper 40s to low 50s.  Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend is looking nicer on the latest guidance as the frontal system moves out of the area by late Friday night or early Saturday morning.  We could still see some lingering cloud cover and shower activity Saturday morning, but otherwise, turning breezier with highs in the lower to middle 60s.  Saturday night looks partly cloudy with lows dropping back a bit more into the 40s (lower 40s in the outer suburbs to upper 40s in the city).  A cooler air mass edges in more solidly for Sunday with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s under partly sunny skies.  This is still a significant improvement from last weekend’s dreariness.  But springtime is notorious for weather changeability, so keep an eye on the weekend forecast over the coming days for any changes.  Confidence:  Low-Medium

Matt Rogers is a meteorologist and a Petworth resident. He is president and co-founder of Commodity Weather Group in Bethesda, Md., which focuses on weather risks for the energy and agriculture sectors. Like most meteorologists, his passion for weather started extremely early in life and has never let go.
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