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D.C. area forecast: Windy today and tomorrow as a brief taste of mid-fall takes over

Fall color on the Tidal Basin with a beautiful Sunday, Nov. 8, sunrise. (Paula Novara via our <a href="">CWG Facebook page</a> )

* A wind advisory is in effect until 6 p.m. Friday evening for Frederick, and northern Fauquier and western Loudoun counties for gusts up to 50 mph. *

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

5/10: Sun is great, and so is 60 (+/-). Problem is, gusty winds are uncomfortable much of the time. Use layers!


Today: Sunny but windy. Highs: Upper 50s to low 60s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Breezy. Lows: 30s to near 40.
Tomorrow: Sunny, windy again. Highs Upper 40s to low 50s.
Sunday: Sun with calmer conditions. Highs: Mid-50s to near 60.


Windy and, soon, chillier air reinforcements are arriving from Canada for the weekend. You may not appreciate today’s arguably mild and sunny conditions with the gusty wind, but we turn chillier tonight through Saturday night. Most of this time frame has windy conditions dominating. So consider your clothing choices (and layers) accordingly. Sunday should be very tolerable, and next week may be quite pleasant overall. But, before then, brace yourselves…

Today (Friday): Sun should dominate for the most part. Along with the wind. From the northwest at 15-20 mph, gusting to 25-35 mph at times–especially in the afternoon–it should keep high temperatures in the upper 50s to low 60s feeling deceptively cool. Avoid the shade! Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: West and northwest winds persist, though perhaps a bit less gusty as the night wears on (below 25 mph). Skies are partly cloudy allowing some star shine; but it isn’t the best weather for enjoying outdoor stargazing anyway, right? Keep a coat on-hand, as temperatures (not including wind chill) dip into the 30s most spots, with near 40 likely downtown. Confidence: High

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

Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunshine tries warming us but fails. Why? Windiness continues, still hovering around 15 mph or so, and gusting to around 25 mph at times. Cooler air has continued filtering in though, keeping temperatures capped in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Time for that heavier coat? Our bodies haven’t quite acclimated to wind chill like this, even though in January this would feel like nothing. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Northwesterly winds finally die down into measly breezes, around 5-10 mph. Oh joy! We can maybe go outside with one less wind-blocking layer as temperatures dip into the low-to-mid 30s, or nearer 40 downtown. I will take calmer air and cooler temperatures over being blow around, agree? Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: The weather recovers just a bit. Temperatures are eying at least the mid-50s for high temperatures, if not near 60 downtown and points further south. Sunny skies should remain clear, and winds should remain calm. Whew, much appreciated improvement. Thanks, atmosphere. Confidence: Medium-High


Sunday night: Looking mostly clear! Stars should sparkle. But lack of insulating clouds thereby allows heat to escape relatively easily from the ground. That’s some effective cooling. Pre-dawn low temperatures in the mid-30s seem possible in the coldest of spots, with mid-40s possible downtown in the heat island. Confidence: Medium

Fall tries to pay out some dividends by Monday into Tuesday. While low-to-mid 60s may technically be borderline criteria for a CWG “Nice Day Stamp,” it should still earn high Daily Digit street cred. Sunshine dominates Monday with perhaps some clouds competing on Tuesday. Regardless, rain chances remain low-to-nil. So get outside for lunch breaks if at all possible! We reserve the right later this weekend to tweak this forecast, but it looks like a high pressure dominated work week for now. Confidence: Low-Medium