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 sun-filled day with highs around 60 will soon merit a higher rating than this so enjoy it while you can.

Express Forecast

Today: Abundant sun, a little breezy. Highs: 58-62.

Tonight: Clear and calm. Lows: 37-43.

Tomorrow: Gradually increasing clouds. Highs: 57-61.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Temperature Map

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

The next two days work us peacefully into more typical temperatures this time of year. The trick-or-treat hordes Friday should only have a sprinkle or two to dodge as most showers hold off until after midnight. The problem is a nasty cold punch barrels in on Saturday setting off an offshore storm that ramps up our winds big time; you know the shingle shuddering, window rattling kind of wind. In fact, temperatures to start November will be more typical of early December so bundle up  as wind chill is back on the menu. The good news is with the Sunday time change the sun can go to work an hour earlier warming things but but the bad news is it sets close to 5 p.m.

Today (Thursday): Clouds should be well off to the east by sunrise. Northwest winds of 5-10 mph make a jacket your friend. The sun is not challenged much with just a few clouds later in the afternoon. This allows highs to still reach the upper 50s to lower 60s despite yesterday’s cold front. Confidence: High

Tonight: Breezes die off in the evening with readings in the 50s. That calm wind allows temps to fall off quickly though and lows range from mid-to-upper 30s in the suburbs to lower 40s downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Friday): The sun dominating the morning is a treat as highs climb to near 60. Increasing afternoon clouds set the stage for the onslaught of costume clad candy collectors. The trick is timing but for now a few sprinkles are all that is expected in the late afternoon/early evening with outright shower chances less than 20%. Winds are cooperatively light.  Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds thicken through the night so no use looking for a witch on broomstick crossing the moon. Precipitation chances quickly increase after midnight to 60 percent but the rain is mostly light.  Breezes start to  pick up late night and this keeps lows from falling the low-to-mid 40s. in town with upper 30s to near 40 in our colder suburbs. Confidence: Medium-High


(Ian Livingston)

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is probably best described as raw with temperatures barely budging. Highs struggle to make 50 F. Winds  should  steadily increase but don’t get nasty until  late in the day when  they run 15-25 mph out of the northwest. Gusts overnight may be a good deal stronger than that so look for a few porch front ghosts to  take flight! Rain chances during the day are 70 percent but rainfall intensity is mostly light (tenth of an inch) and most likely in the morning (we still can’t rule out some wet snowflakes mixing in along the I-81 corridor – around Winchester). If the storm really kicks in quickly that could ratchet up to as much as a half inch but that is more likely to the south and east. Overnight lows fall to the mid-to-upper 30s  downtown, with some low 30s in the colder suburbs, under rapidly clearing skies. Confidence: Medium

Sunday features an earlier sunrise courtesy of the return of standard time but it is of no consequence to temperatures as highs struggle to do better than upper 40s to lower 50s despite clear skies. Winds are still strong out of the northwest, potentially producing windchill readings in  the lower 40s much of the day. Winds finally diminish overnight but that allows temperatures to plummet with some colder suburbs likely to see frost on those left over pumpkins. Lows range through the 30s. Confidence: High

Monday is a calmer day and the sun is a constant companion allowing most areas to climb back into the 50s and possibly near 60 downtown.  Confidence: Medium-High