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

4/10: Meh. A bit cool and damp, especially in the morning. Temperatures may top out roughly around average, though.

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Cloudy, clammy, damp. Highs: Mid-40s to near 50.
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, spotty drizzle. Lows: Mid-40s to near 50.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. Increasing shower chances. Highs: 50s to near 60.
Sunday: Showers slowly exit into afternoon. Highs: Upper 60s to low 70s.

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FORECAST IN DETAIL

Gray times are ahead. Dominant clouds may, at times, spit out some showers, drizzle and a period of light rain. Nothing too heavy but enough of a nuisance to keep that small umbrella handy. At least the blooming spring flowers are happy? (For now.) Plus, March could show us a snowier pattern, maybe.

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Today (Friday): You may want that umbrella, especially during the morning hours. Drizzle seems likely to be in store for some, perhaps even a small period of light showers for morning commuters. Clouds dominate from there, but it shouldn’t rain much during the day, with only a few more showers a risk at times. Breezes generally stay light, mainly out of the east, but could vary in direction from time to time, especially later in the day. Temperatures make a slow struggle toward mid-40s to near 50. If anything, I’d worry a little about it being cooler than that in spots. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: More clouds than stars are expected. Spotty drizzle can’t be ruled out. Nothing heavy is expected. Temperatures may cool slightly during the evening and then rise slightly overnight — perhaps nearing the upper 40s to around 50 degrees by dawn. If we don’t get an expected slight push of “warmer” air riding in on moderate southerly breezes around 5-10 mph at some point during the night, we may not see temperatures rise as much. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): It remains mostly cloudy, overall, but a few sun peeks can’t be ruled out during the morning. As another storm approaches, hit-or-miss showers become more likely as the day progresses. At least we get a bit warmer? High temperatures should range across the 50s to perhaps around 60. We will watch how persistent an east-northeasterly fetch off the bay and ocean sets up (or not). It could hold back our temperatures slightly. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers become more likely overnight, especially after midnight. A period of light rain can’t be ruled out nearer to dawn. Overall, we’re talking slight rain amounts. Moderate east-northeasterly breezes could shift slightly toward the southeast closer to dawn, allowing a potential, slight rise in predawn temperatures toward the mid- to upper 50s. Confidence: Medium


National Arboretum on Feb. 19. (angela n./ Flickr )

A LOOK AHEAD

Sunday: Showers are again likely at times, although I think much of the day is fairly dry. Clouds? They probably stick around, but a few breaks may pop up. High temperatures could be boosted toward the upper 60s or low 70s, assuming rain exits as expected and gusty southwesterly (warm direction!) breezes around 15-20 mph set up by midday. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: Mostly cloudy with perhaps a chance of another round of showers or a light rain closer to sunrise. North-northwesterly breezes should slowly calm, but not before ushering in slightly cooler low temperatures — in the 40s outside the Beltway to around 50 degrees downtown. Confidence: Medium

Clouds and dampness may start off our Monday. However, showers and clouds may exit before the afternoon is over, so it’s not a total downer to start our week. High temperatures cool down a notch, to mid-50s, perhaps around 60 degrees, thanks to northwesterly breezes filtering in some air from Canada. By late weekend, we should have an even better read on how the workweek starts. Check back soon! Confidence: Low-Medium

Dry, sunny and still a mild day for Tuesday. High temperatures may “only” get into the mid-50s to around 60 degrees — similar to Monday, but it could feel a bit more crisp. Dew points and relative humidity will be much lower. Keep a jacket handy! Enjoy the probable sunshine. Confidence: Low-Medium