TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

6/10: Enjoyable temps in the 70s net most of the points. But, they’re accompanied by clouds and wind. Meh.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly cloudy, breezy. Sprinkle? Highs: Low-to-mid 70s.
Tonight: Cloudy, breezy. Shower possible. Lows: Upper 50s to low 60s.
Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy. Showers, esp. S. Highs: Upper 60s to low 70s.
Sunday: Grey, rain possible. Highs: Near 70 to mid-70s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

For sunshine lovers, it isn’t a great weekend to be in D.C. Clouds really do want to dominate through about Monday perhaps. We do think breaks in the clouds happen from time to time, with fingers especially crossed for the lunar eclipse Sunday night. Stay tuned! But in the meantime, grab a small umbrella to keep on you for a few days, and perhaps even a nighttime light jacket.

[Cloudy or clear? Viewing conditions for the supermoon lunar eclipse]

Satellite loop of clouds over our area. Refresh page to update.

Today (Friday): Breezy–almost windy?–with a good amount of clouds but we should see moments of sunshine too. At times east-northeast breezes could gust over 20 mph, but they should average closer to 10 mph. Given this wind bringing in cooler air from the Atlantic, we should feel lucky/happy to get into the lower to middle 70s. Along with these clouds, a sprinkle or quick, patchy light rain (20% chance) can’t be ruled out late in the day, especially south of town. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds could remain for the most part but we should have some glimpses of the nearly-full moon. I can’t rule out some showers here and there, once again favoring south but perhaps up into the immediate area. It should generally remain light locally. Northeasterly winds blow in the 10-15 mph range. By just before dawn we should hit the upper 50s outside of the Beltway, with lower 60s likely downtown. Confidence: Medium

For related traffic news, check out Dr. Gridlock. Keep reading for the forecast into next week…

Tomorrow (Saturday): Regretfully our cloudier-than-not streak could continue. We even have a 30% chance of rain, especially south of town and possibly becoming more likely nearer the middle to end of the day. It should try to stay intermittent and light locally, but heavier stuff won’t be far off so we need to watch. A few areas could struggle to get out of the upper 60s where showers are focused, but much of the region should still reach the 70 degree mark to lower 70s. Northeast breezes continue, around 10 mph! Confidence: Low-Medium

Tomorrow night: Rain chances head up a notch, to around 50%. Perhaps 60%, D.C. and south. Even when having a dry period overnight, skies remain socked in with clouds. Rain shouldn’t be too heavy, but it could have some steady periods here and there. Umbrellas are a good call. Low temperatures may not decrease much from afternoon highs, hovering in the 60-65 degree range. East winds around 10 mph keep us in an autumnal mood. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday: Rain chances still remain around 50% for the region, with southerly locales still tending to be the focal area. It’s possible this ends up the best chance of rain area-wide as well as the storm starts to lift northeast, but it’s all very uncertain so keep watching. Highs are again probably mainly in the upper 60s to low 70s. Perhaps warmer if less in the way of rain around. Confidence: Low-Medium


Sunday night in Old Town Alexandria, VA (by Todd Megill on September 20 via our CWG Facebook page)

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: We really want good viewing (clear!) skies for the full lunar eclipse that is on tap. Unfortunately, we’re going to need some luck. The eclipse peaks between 10 and 11 p.m. We can’t yet fully rule out a few showers being possible (20% chance), and remnant clouds as well. Hopefully enough breaks for a peek at least! Low temperatures just before dawn bottom out in the upper 50s (suburbs) to mid-60s (city). Confidence: Low-Medium

We could be in for some increasing warmth for Monday into Tuesday. Early showers (20% chance) on Monday may scoot out of the way quickly to make way for some increasing sunshine which should win out over periodic clouds through Tuesday. High temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s look likely. It should be some decent early-autumn weather! But we’ll keep you posted on any changes if they develop as we get closer. Confidence: Low-Medium