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

10/10: Autumn’s going for gold, so I will be bold. Even with a breeze, it’s nothing at which to sneeze. #TGIF!


Today: Increasing sun, breezy. Highs: Mid-60s to near 70.
Tonight: Mostly clear, light breeze. Lows: Upper 30s to mid-40s.
Tomorrow: Increasing clouds. Highs: Around 60 to mid-60s.
Sunday: AM shower chance. PM clearing? Highs: Mid-60s to around 70.


Autumn gives us a decent run of weather with 60s to near 70 on tap for a few days. We hopefully get some rain—which yes may dampen outdoor plans Saturday night into Sunday—but we could use a bit of moisture. Fingers crossed for the another approaching cold front, which helps keep us autumnal into next week, as it might bring some rain. It’s dry out there again!

Today (Friday): Sunshine should return with fewer clouds filtering it, but we will notice a cool-down. You can thank a northerly breeze around 10 mph assisting with filtering in this cooler drier air. By late afternoon we should get most of the region into the mid-60s to near 70. Warmest readings likely District, southward. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: After our ever-earlier sunset, readings in the 50s keep heading downward toward pre-dawn low temperatures in the upper 30s in the coolest suburbs to the mid-40s downtown. A medium-heavy jacket may be wise if staying out late. Light northerly breezes blow only occasionally. Skies should remain mostly clear. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Just a bit cooler, but still worthy of some praise as skies remain sunny for the most part—especially morning into midday. High temperatures north and west of town hover around 60 many spots, with mid-60s probable downtown and to the south of town. We have a cold front slowly advancing toward our region but any sprinkles and serious cloudiness should hold off until sunset. Headed to the Maryland-Penn State game in the afternoon? It should be fairly comfortable and dry! Calm winds in the morning turn toward 5 mph breezes out of the south by afternoon. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: As the front gets closer, clouds increase quickly. Sprinkles can’t be ruled out into the evening. More noticeable showers are likely to develop from west to east in the early morning hours (30% chance of rain). Low temperatures hold a bit more steadily with cloud cover and a light southeast breeze– into the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Hard to say just how early showers can get outta here. The Marine Corps Marathon probably deals with at least a few of them. Stay tuned but there is a chance that we get dry by midday, and some clearing skies by afternoon. Overall rain chances stand at about 50/50 through at least late morning. High temperatures could rise to around 70 degrees if we see the expected sunshine. But let’s also keep mid-60s in the forecast for cloudier areas, especially north and west. Confidence: Low-Medium


Sunday night: Any lingering clouds—even a sprinkle or two– should disappear relatively quickly. Low temperatures are going to get a bit cool, into the 40s, region-wide. Nothing terribly unexpected this time of year. Lower 40s well away from the Beltway, with upper 40s possible downtown. Arguably comfortable for October? Confidence: Medium

We could be in for some cooler air on Monday into Tuesday. Clouds may compete with the sunshine at times, and we may even have some sporadic breezes to contend with– so dress appropriately for high temperatures around 60. Our bodies are acclimating slowly but surely to autumnal temperatures, so it shouldn’t feel like too, too much of a shock. If we see wall-to-wall sunshine, we could raise high temperatures a bit, as we get a clearer picture nearer the end of the weekend. Confidence: Medium