Today’s Daily Digit

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

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A turbulent transition day, but it should be largely dry. Winds may have a bit of bite late as temps dip.

Express Forecast

Today:Variably cloudy. Breezy to windy. Highs: Mid-60s to near 70.

Tonight:Mostly clear, diminishing breezes. Lows: Mid-30s to mid-40s.

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

FORECAST IN DETAIL


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We’ve still got another 10 days of average highs in the 70s, but a strong cold front that passed through the area overnight and into this morning will send us at least a few days full of cooler than normal readings. You may not notice the full impact of that air till later today today as winds help solidify the chill. Tonight and tomorrow may call for an extra blanket on the bed, and a few layers if outside.

Today (Saturday): The overnight batch of showers should be ending pretty quick if it hasn’t already by sunrise, and we’ll be trending clearer as well. We could even end up mostly clear during the day, but with a lot of cold air aloft I’m a little skeptical. Sunshine should promote additional clouds during peak heating given that recipe. There could even be a few showers again during the day if those clouds bubble enough, though nothing more than a quick hitter if so. Highs shoot for the mid-60s to near 70, but overall highs may be during the morning. Temperatures should also start falling noticeably backwards, perhaps by early afternoon, especially out west. Add in sustained northwest winds peaking as high as around 15-20 mph, with gusts past 30 or 35 mph possible. It’ll definitely start to feel like a new season is upon us by late in the day. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clear skies, and a fresh cold air mass help temperatures tumble. The chilliest night of this young cold season is here. You’ll get that sense with temperatures falling into and through the 50s fairly rapidly during the evening. Temperatures eventually reach the mid-and-upper 30s in the cooler suburbs to the mid-40s or thereabouts downtown. A stiff early evening breeze diminishes through the night, leveling off around 5 mph before dawn. That wind should help mitigate most frost concerns in the coldest spots across the region. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Sunday): If you’ve been waiting for the first day that truly feels like fall is here, this should be it. Partly to mostly sunny skies aren’t a match for the chilled air, as highs only reach the near 60 or low 60s zone. In other words, some spots north and west may not get out of the 50s! Winds are lighter than today, but continue to blow around 10 mph from the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: The air mass is already recovering, but with winds closing in on calm and skies remaining clear we may see temperatures fairly close to what we get tonight. I think most spots are a degree or two warmer, at least, so let’s say upper 30s in the cold spots to mid-40s in the warm. Confidence: Medium


Fall color beginning to make itself known in Silver Spring on Thursday. (Joe Flood via Flickr)

A LOOK AHEAD

I have to agree with Camden’s assertion yesterday that Monday looks like a major winner. Well, except that it’s Monday. Skies are mostly sunny, winds are bearable, and highs rise to near or just above 70. Plus, more Nats playoffs to watch! Confidence: Medium

Another (this time quite weak) cold front pushes toward the area on Tuesday, but it may be slow enough to keep the day mostly or fully dry. Clouds are likely to be on the increase by afternoon, though. Highs again head for near 70, perhaps up toward the mid-70s in a warm scenario. A few showers may approach around sunset. Confidence: Medium