Today’s Daily Digit

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

Pollen-filled breezes may keep this fairly sunny day from perfection. I think comfortable 70s deserve high marks!

Express Forecast

Today: Mainly sunny, breezy. Afternoon clouds? Highs: Near 70 to mid-70s.

Tonight: More clouds than stars. Lows: Mid-40s to mid-50s (downtown).

Tomorrow: Sunny, just patchy clouds. Breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 70s.

Sunday: Mainly sunny, still breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 70s.


Mother Nature has found her breezy blow dryer and luckily left it off the “hot” setting for this weekend. Comfortable air should reign as we enjoy a well-timed dry streak of weather ahead with very low chances for showers until Monday night. With many outdoor events and festivals this weekend, I think temperatures mostly near average in the 70s should do the trick!

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Today (Friday): Sunshine should dominate but clouds are slowly on the increase and more noticeable as the day wears on. I don’t think we’ll see much if anything out of said clouds. Westerly breezes could be noticeable in the 5-15 mph range, sometimes gusting above 20 mph. If we get perfectly aligned downsloping “Tuckahoe “ (our local version of “Chinook”) breezes off of the Blue Ridge, we could add a few degrees to projected high temperatures in the low-to-mid 70s. I wouldn’t eliminate the possibility of an 80-degree reading in central VA, for instance. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds really may attempt to shroud our crescent moon after sunset, but we stay comfortable as temperatures fall more slowly under insulating clouds. Pre-dawn temperatures should bottom out in the mid-to-upper 40s outside the Beltway, but mid-50s are possible in our downtown heat island. Breezes may lightly blow around 5-10 mph out of the northwest. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Variably cloudy at times, but I think sunshine should prevail. Shower chances remain low around 10-15%, so don’t worry too much about some of the passing cumulus clouds. Breezes could cool us in the shade, as they might gust toward 20 mph a few times from the southwesterly direction. Still, as I am sure you know, the southwesterly direction is a warm wind direction for us, and said breezes should help us get into late afternoon high temperatures of low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Breezes probably remain noticeable overnight but we probably won’t be talking about a wind chill factor with pre-dawn temperatures in the upper 40s to low 50s. Pretty much average for the time of year! No complaints here. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: This could be close to a carbon copy of Saturday with perhaps just a bit more sunshine. Similar breezes out of the west or southwest. We will see if a weak springtime cold front sneaks through the area to dry us out (even more) with late day northwesterly breezes. We may only notice a few moments of clouds but likely very few rain drops to be found (under 20% chance). High temperatures are enjoyable, again mainly in the low-to-mid 70s. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday night: Skies should stay fairly clear overnight with low temperatures in the mid-to-upper 40s. A 50 degree reading downtown wouldn’t completely surprise me, either. Confidence: Medium-High

Seasonable morning crispness in the 50s awakens us on Monday. High temperatures under sunny skies should easily climb toward upper 60s to low 70s, by late afternoon. A few clouds could increase overhead by sunset, but any showers should hold off until later at night. I don’t know about you, but I will be eying some outdoor Cinco de Mayo plans, after work. Confidence: Medium

Tuesday’s sun could be muted a bit by periodic clouds and showers. But don’t worry too much since right now it appears there is only a 25-35% chance of seeing drops. It might not amount to much, and drying out a bit more might be welcome news. High temperatures should still manage to get into the upper 60s to low 70s. Not a bad day, overall? Confidence: Low-Medium