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D.C. area forecast: Magnificent Monday awaits after slightly cooler Sunday; Tuesday showers and storms?

Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

60s with decent sun is pretty nice. Couple points off for the slightly cooler air and pollen-blowing breezes.

Express Forecast

Today: Partly cloudy to mostly sunny, a bit breezy. Highs: 60s.

Tonight: Mostly clear, calming breeze. Lows: Mid-30s to mid-40s.

Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and nice! Highs: Upper 60s to low 70s.


Ignoring today’s slightly cooler air–courtesy of light breezes off the Atlantic and Bay—we should see sufficient sunshine to keep things fairly pleasant. If you’re a perfectionist then you may prefer tomorrow’s mostly sunny highs within a few degrees of 70. Tuesday may be even warmer but with the possibility of showers and thunder as a cold front moves through. We return to cooler but fairly splendid conditions behind it — conditions good for pollen plumes, so allergy sufferers beware!

Temperature Map

Temperatures: Latest area temperatures. See interactive map on our Weather Wall.

Today (Easter Sunday): With breezes from the northeast and east around 5-15 mph, we can’t rule out some intrusion of cooler marine air and some accompanying clouds. Still, I’m optimistic we’ll see at least partly sunny skies and highs mainly in the mid-60s. A few degrees could be added with additional dominating sunshine through the day, while too many clouds could shave a few degrees off. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: Skies want to stay mostly clear with many stars likely visible. Evening temperatures dropping into the 50s are on the cool side but still pleasant. Overnight lows ultimately head down to the mid-30s to mid-40s (exurbs-downtown) as breezes become light or calm. Confidence: Medium-High

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

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Tomorrow (Monday): Looks mostly sunny and a bit warmer. Hopefully you have the day off! Highs in the upper 60s to low 70s seem likely. Breezes should remain light from the east and southeast. If you are at work, try to get outside for lunch at least—with sunscreen if sitting in direct midday sun, of course. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Fairly serene. We may see increasing clouds but any showers should hold off. A light breeze from the south helps temperatures stay rather mild with lows in the upper 40s to mid-50s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High


Tuesday may bring a noticeable touch of humidity to the air as a cold front gets closer. Can’t rule out some morning showers (20% chance), with higher chances during the afternoon into evening (60%) and maybe even some springtime thunderstorms. Despite mostly cloudy skies, temperatures still make the 70s. A few sunnier spots could eye the 80-degree mark especially south of town. Confidence: Low-Medium

Partial sun returns behind said cold front for Wednesday and drier, cooler air can be felt. A gusty breeze from the northwest holds highs to near 60 to the mid-60s the way it looks now. Confidence: Medium

Thursday wants to be a winner or should at least come close. Highs aim for the mid-60s to perhaps near 70 under partly to mostly sunny skies. What more could we want? If you said sunscreen and/or allergy medicine, you get bonus points. Confidence: Medium

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