Temperature Map

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

We promised feel-good weather today, and the atmosphere delivered. After Baltimore airport tied a record morning low, temperatures stayed in the cool 70s across the region. If you stepped outside today to enjoy the fall-like weather, you probably would have seen folks cruising the sidewalks in sweaters and light jackets bracing against the strong breeze. 17 mph winds were recorded at Reagan National today, with gusts around 25 mph.

Through Tonight: Overnight temperatures will recede back to around 60 degrees in the city, with the cooler suburbs seeing lows in the middle to upper 50s. Skies will be partly cloudy. Though winds will decrease through the night, a 5-10 mph breeze from the northwest should persist through the early evening hours, so it’s probably a good idea to bring a jacket if you head outside.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Even though the temperature will be a few degrees warmer, you probably won’t notice too much of a difference from Tuesday’s weather as dew points remain in the low 50s, leading to low humidity. Highs in the low to middle 80s under mostly sunny skies with 5 to 10 mph winds shifting from the northwest to the southwest.

Pollen: Tree, grass, and weed pollen are LOW. Mold spores are also LOW.

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Old town on April 5, 2014 (jzhill via Flickr)

Space alien communication?

Alien enthusiasts are excited, but researchers are more level-headed, about bursts of radio activity that have popped up at the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. Various burst-y events have occurred at telescopes in the past, but scientists thought they might have been just a technological fluke until this recent activity at Arecibo. No one knows yet what the bursts mean, or where they’re coming from, but that also means nothing can be ruled out. Including extraterrestrials. So take this moment to imagine the unlikely possibility that aliens are trying to communicate with us Earthlings from galaxies far, far away.

Arecibo Observatory Aerial View (H. Schweiker/WIYN and NOAO/AURA/NSF)