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

6/10: Sun is great. Winds, while noticeable, could be worse. Early chill + 50s later = layers!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny but very breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 50s.
Tonight: Partly cloudy. Slight breeze. Lows: Upper 20s to Mid-30s.
Tomorrow: Sunnier morning, clouds possible later. Highs around 50 to mid-50s.
Sunday: Slowly clearing as breezes kick up. Highs: Mid-to-upper 40s.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Mother Nature may give us a taste of winter soon. Yes, breezes abound for much of the weekend but enjoy the sun and mild-in-comparison conditions we have until chillier air reinforcements arrive on Sunday. We also look to stay chilly as we start the workweek. Lock up soon all those warm-weather clothes for the season?

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

Today (Friday): Yes, sunshine! Boo, wind. Not terrible wind but it may be sustained around 10 mph with some gusts around 20 mph, out of the northwest. We’ve exchanged a bit of that muggy air from yesterday with a bit of wind chill today. Grab that coat. Your body may be having a hard time acclimating to our up-and-down weather. Take some comfort in afternoon high temperatures likely in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: High

Tonight: With drier air continuing to filter in, stars should shine without much distortion—their light should look fairly sharp. Just a few clouds around at times. If you can get away from city lights, you’ll see numerous constellations. (Last weekend’s sky was amazing in a similar air mass as this.) Breezes may decrease slightly to 5-10 mph out of the northerly direction. Temperatures by just before dawn drop into the upper 20s (suburbs) to mid-or-upper 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Looking like a good, classic fall day with comfortable high temperatures around 50 to mid-50s and more sun than clouds; however, a few patches of overcast skies are possible before sunset. Breezes should stay light, shifting from north toward southeast later, around 5 mph. Outdoor plans are a go, as well as pre-Thanksgiving errands! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds continue to increase, with most areas experiencing overcast conditions by midnight. A few isolated showers late at night, closer toward daybreak, are possible (20% chance). At the moment, no rain of heavy intensity or long duration appears likely. Low temperatures still manage to get into the chilly mid-30s to low 40s, and the clouds reduce range and variability of the temperatures in the region, thanks to their broad coverage and natural insulating quality. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: We’ve got cold air infiltrating our area on Sunday, behind a strong cold front passing through in the morning. Since temperatures manage to forgo an immediate nosedive (until sundown), we can enjoy clearing skies. Still, a medium-weight coat might be wise, with some northwesterly breeze likely. Perhaps gusty? We’ll watch it. High temperatures by late afternoon make it up into the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Finally will National Airport (DCA) hit the freezing mark? We think 30 degrees for a low temperature is probable before dawn for areas inside the Beltway. Away from downtown, 20s are fairly widespread in the suburbs. We’ll see if we can keep clear skies going all night—remains to be seen as we get closer. Lack of clouds would allow heat to escape away from the surface, higher into the atmosphere, much more easily. Confidence: Medium

Did you switch out your wardrobes over the weekend? Late fall arrives in chilly fashion on Monday into Tuesday. We get a bit close to January-like average high temperatures! Low-to-mid 40s may be as “warm” as we get on Monday. Mid-40s to perhaps 50 probable on Tuesday. With any luck, we can raise this temperature forecast a notch, by the end of this weekend, as we get closer. We just have to see how deep this cold air infiltrates, and whether bright sunshine reigns enough to modify (warm) the air mass just a bit. Confidence: Medium