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

9/10: Short day length is made better when we can soak up the sun. A great December day!

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. Highs: Near 50 to mid-50s.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Slight breeze. Lows: 31-39.
Tomorrow: Sunny, less breezy. Highs: Low-to-mid 50s.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. Highs: Mid-to-Near 60.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

We’re continuing into a stretch of decently mild, dry weather. And as breezes notch down a bit, temperatures will conversely notch up a bit. Sunshine may reign, for the most part, until our next chance of showers early week. At least we have some payback for all our clouds recently. They were NOT helpful during the shortest days of the year!

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

Today (Friday): More sun — yeah! Short day length — yuck.  There could be a few clouds in the morning, but it’s blue-sky filled overall. We can enjoy lighter 5-10 mph breezes from the west and decently comfortable high temperatures in the near 50 to mid-50s range… right? Confidence: High

Tonight: Breezes slowly calm to around 5 mph out of the northwest. However, this lack of atmospheric “stirring,” combined with clear skies, allows temperatures to fall a bit more quickly toward their pre-dawn low temperatures. Those readings are in the the low 30s outside of the Beltway, to near 40 downtown. Chilly, yes, but nothing we can’t handle. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Need a dry and sunny day to prevent unnecessary shopping hindrances? The weather has your back. North wind around 5 mph isn’t too bad, given the sunshine. Afternoon high temperatures should reach a relatively comfortable regime again, perhaps a degree or two warmer most spots with highs in the low-to-mid 50s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Looking clear for the most part and it’s another chilly one. With very light and variable-direction breezes, low temperatures have little problem falling into to the freezing mark outside of the Beltway, with mid-to-upper 30s possible around and inside of the Beltway. Be sure to check out the celestial line-up in the sky: crescent moon, Mars, and Venus –most visible just prior to sunrise. Confidence: High

Sunday: Living up to its name with sunshine abundant looking likely. Sure, a few clouds are possible later in the afternoon, but nothing in the forecast should prevent you from heading outside for some recreation. High temperatures get just a hair warmer, in the mid-to-upper 50s. Sunniest spots south of town may, may eye the 60 degree mark. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday night: Clouds continue to move in and thicken up a bit. It should stay dry, though. Breaks in the clouds occasionally should allow a few glimpses of Venus and the moon on top of each other. (Fact: Alaska residents will see the moon eclipse Venus!) Low temperatures range in the 30s, with warmest readings downtown, as per usual. The coldest location suspects should still make sure all plants are brought in off of the porch. Confidence: Medium

Sun graces us Monday before showers move in by Tuesday. With fairly calm and somewhat sunny conditions on Monday, we should be able to get into the low-to-mid 50s. On Tuesday as a 30-40% chance of showers moves in (with a coastal storm system?) we struggle in the mid-40s to around 50 for high temperatures. If we see a bit more sunshine and drier than currently expected, we could add on a few degrees to those chilly high temperatures. Confidence: Medium