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A cold front pushes a wall of rain through the region this evening, but better weather arrives for the weekend.  The fly in the ointment is a weak cold front zipping by Saturday afternoon which could set off a shower or two.  Sunday’s sunny and rain-free, though a bit cooler than our warm-ish Saturday.

Through Tonight: Showers and embedded thunderstorms with heavy rain are a guarantee this evening.  They may drop a quick half inch of rain (with locally higher amounts) before pulling away.  The steadiest rain ends by around 8 p.m. but some lingering showers may not clear until around 10 or 11 p.m.  That makes the Nats game a tough call, but they may be able to sneak it in late.  Skies partially clear after midnight, with lows from the upper 40s in the cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown.  Winds are gusty after the cold front passes, out of the northwest at 15-25 mph, with some gusts over 30 mph possible.

Tomorrow (Saturday): Partly sunny and breezy with temperatures shooting up into the low 70s early in the afternoon.  A sneaky cold front drops in from the northwest in the afternoon to early evening, and may trigger a shower or thundershower.  With some cold air moving in at high altitudes, a bit of small hail and some gusty breezes could complement any shower/thundershower activity.  The chance of rain is 30 percent as these are hit-or-miss showers.  Winds are from the west at 10-20 mph,  with gusts in the 20-30 mph range.

Saturday night and Sunday: Any late afternoon or early evening showers Saturday disintegrate with the loss of daylight.  Overnight Saturday it turns mostly clear, with a bit of a breeze.  Lows range from the low-to-mid 40s in the cooler suburbs to the upper 40s to around 50 downtown.  Winds are from the northwest at 10-15 mph.  Sunday is mostly sunny and delightful, with highs in the mid-60s. Winds are from the northwest at around 10 mph.

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Soccer on the National Mall, April 24 (Ian Livingston via Flickr)