9:45 a.m. update: Clouds have stubbornly held on through mid-morning, but should gradually diminish northwest to southeast by around midday to early afternoon.

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

7/10: A solid start to the week with sunshine and 60-degree highs.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: 58-63.
Tonight: Increasing clouds late. Lows: 40-47.
Tomorrow: Chance of light rain in afternoon, SW to NE. Highs: 50-55.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

It’s hard to argue with the mix of weather this week. We need rain and we should get a moderate soaking late Tuesday through Wednesday. Outside of that, we’ll have mostly sunny, seasonable days and cool nights – right on through Halloween.

Today (Monday): There’s no shortage of sunshine, but the air mass is cooler than Sunday’s thanks to winds from the north and northeast. Highs should still reach near 60, or little above around town and to the south. Confidence: High

Tonight: Skies are clear early on, but some high clouds may increase late at night. It’s a bit chilly with lows ranging through the 40s. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Tuesday): High pressure to the north sends a wedge of cool air down through the region, making for the chilliest day of the week. At the same time low pressure and a warm front approach from the southwest. Spotty light rain showers may develop from southwest to northeast during the afternoon, but probably won’t amount to much. The clouds and cool wedge hold highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Winds from the northeast at around 10 mph. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: A period of rain showers are a good bet as a warm front gradually scoots through the region. It’s a bit raw, with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Showers are likely Wednesday, with a few moderate to heavy downpours possible. It shouldn’t rain the whole day although it’s hard to say at this point when any dry interval may occur. High temperatures may vary across the region depending on exactly how much northern progress the warm front makes. Highs may only be near 60 in our northern suburbs (around Frederick to Baltimore) but closer to 70 in the south (around Fredericksburg). Showers gradually diminish overnight Wednesday once a cold front passes by with lows in the 50s to near 60. Confidence: Medium

We dry out Thursday and, with cold air slow to spill into the region, it’s quite mild. Under partly sunny skies and a gusty breeze, highs shoot for 70 or so. It’s likely the mildest day of the week. Confidence: Medium

Friday and Saturday have a great chance to be clear, dry and delightfully autumn-like with sunny afternoon highs near 60 and crisp early morning lows from the mid-30s to mid-40s. The forecast for Sunday, when we may have more clouds and perhaps a shower, is more of a wild card which we’ll get a better handle on as the week progresses. Confidence: Medium