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D.C. area forecast: Gusty Saturday winds in an otherwise nice weekend; rain returns Monday

Today’s Daily Digit

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

If there was no wind this is a 9 or maybe even a 10. However, there will be wind.

Express Forecast

Today: Mostly sunny, windy. Highs: Near 60 to low 60s.

Tonight: Clear, breezes slowly diminish. Lows: 31-40.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Highs: Near 60 to mid-60s.


Wind Gust Map

Wind gusts: Latest D.C. area wind gusts (mph). See more maps on our Weather Wall.

We’ve seen five days in a row of 60 degrees or higher and seven of the last eight in D.C. The odds are good that we can keep the streak alive, but you may notice a bit of a “wind chill” today. Shouldn’t be many complaints — at least until we get back to the work week. More rain! Hey, it washes away the pollen explosion…

Today (Saturday): The big story is wind. If it wasn’t for the wind, this is a pretty nice day. Primo kite flying weather, and it fits into the typical spring puzzle around here. Under mostly sunny skies, highs head up to near 60 in the north to the low 60s most other spots. West and northwest winds peak around 15-25 mph sustained, with gusts as high as 30-35 mph possible. Gusts should peak in the midday to afternoon, but are up most of the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: As the sun sets, winds start to calm down, but they’ll be occasionally gusty through the night. Otherwise, lows range from about 31-40 under clear skies. Breezes diminishing to about 5 mph should minimize frost risk in the suburbs, but it’s early to be planting yet. Confidence: Medium-High

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

Tomorrow (Sunday): This is probably the pick of the weekend. Even with the potential of increased clouds late in the day. Before that, mostly sunny with highs in the near 60 to mid-60s range. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clouds stream in ahead of our next encounter with the drippy kind. Those clouds help cap temperatures, and keep us pretty uniform in the near 40 to mid-40s range. Slight chance of showers by sunrise, but they may hold off well past that. Confidence: Medium


After the windy and sunny pieces of the spring puzzle this weekend, the rainy piece returns on Monday. Rain becomes likelier through the day as a strong low pressure rides up to our west. Timing of the heaviest is tricky this far out, but afternoon into night may be favored. Highs head for the mid-50s to low 60s. If we can somehow get richer warm air up here, a storm threat could evolve. Confidence: Medium

The rain should be over as we head to work on Tuesday, but there’s probably another bout of decent wind to be dealt with in the wake of the Monday low. Highs reach near 60 to the mid-60s. Ahh, spring. Confidence: Medium

Ian Livingston is a forecaster/photographer and information lead for the Capital Weather Gang. By day, Ian is a defense and national security researcher at a D.C. think tank.
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