The first hints of a warm season to come today, with some convective clouds over the area. (Mike Maguire via Flickr)

Highs peaked in the mid-60s during the midday before cooler air began filtering in behind a cold front. While temperatures are headed back downward, this isn’t exactly a cold air mass for January that is moving in.

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Through tonight: We should stay more clear than not into the overnight, although a couple of clouds could float by. Winds stay up — about 10 to 15 mph from the northwest with higher gusts — through midnight, diminishing thereafter. Lows range from the mid-30s to near 40.

View the current weather conditions at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): If you thought it was too warm for January, this day is more in line with what we might expect. We will see a couple clouds amid mostly sunny skies. It has cooled back down compared with recent days, but many spots should still end up a bit above normal as highs head for the mid-40s to near 50. Winds are out of the northwest about 10 to 15 mph.

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When in drought… Our rain dances seem to be broken. What once looked like it might be a juicier rainstorm ended up like many of late, with barely enough falling to wet the ground.


Percent of normal precipitation over the past 90 days. (High Plains Regional Climate Center)

The 0.11 inches recorded at Reagan National Airport brings Washington’s wintertime (December-February) total to date to only 1.28 inches, which is the second least for the period on record going back to 1872.

Since the start of meteorological fall in September, the city has only seen 6.62 inches of rain, which is the third least on record for that period, also dating to 1872.

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