TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT
A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.
2/10: Mother Nature brings us a wicked reminder of March, complete with cool, breezy weather and showers for added misery.
Today: AM rain, lingering PM showers. Cloudy, cool, and breezy. Highs: 53-57
Tonight: Mostly cloudy, chilly, breezes continue. Lows: 35-40
Tomorrow: Partly sunny, remaining cool and breezy. Highs: 50-55
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FORECAST IN DETAIL
After getting walloped by heavy rain and gusty winds early this morning, we’ll take a more benign outlook for the week ahead. That won’t come without some discomfort, especially today with showers prolonging their visit and winds whipping up while temperatures turn quite cool. We’re stuck in the same cool, breezy pattern tomorrow — but hold the showers, please — before welcoming more pleasant April temperatures on Wednesday. The rest of the week into the weekend sees some temperature fluctuation and a couple of chances for showers, but no major events like those of late are foreseen.
Today (Monday): Widespread rain as we wake up this morning should continue for a few hours longer, before a more showery setup ensues for the midday and afternoon hours. However, feisty westerly winds will be with us throughout the day, blowing between 15 and 20 mph with occasional gusts to 25 or 30 mph. We’re at our warmest this morning before temperatures start to drop and generally settle into the mid-50s. It’s a good idea to bring along a jacket wherever you go, as the elevated wind speeds will make it feel like it’s in the 40s most of the day. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: While the showers pull away by early evening, chilly breezes aren’t in any hurry to leave. Coupled with temperatures falling into the 30s for most of us (near 40 downtown), a northwest wind around 10 mph has us seeking another layer or two. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow (Tuesday): It’s more of the same on Tuesday, although we’ll see a brighter sky (partly sunny, at best). Highs are still much cooler than normal (by 15 degrees or so) for mid-April, only reaching the low-to-mid-50s. A few showers or wet snowflakes could fall across our northern suburbs. As for winds, well, you guessed it: breezy from the northwest at 15-20 mph with borderline strong gusts up to 30 mph. Remind you of March much? Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Skies clear more substantially, yielding a partly cloudy night. Reduced cloud cover along with a gentler northwest wind promote a colder night, with lows dipping into the low and mid-30s for most with the District settling into the upper 30s. Confidence: Medium-High
A LOOK AHEAD
A warm front lifting across the area on Wednesday buoys temperatures to more springlike levels. Highs rise into the mid-60s amid partly to mostly sunny skies. Confidence: Medium-High
We spend another day in the warmth on Thursday, when highs ride into the 60s once more. An approaching cold front looks to deliver showers and maybe a thunderstorm, but this system shouldn’t pack anywhere near the amount of punch that Sunday night’s did. Confidence: Medium
Friday is a transition day behind the departing low pressure area and a high pressure system building in from the Great Lakes. While plenty of sun looks possible, so does plenty of wind. It’s a cooler air mass as well, so highs in the upper 50s look reasonable. Confidence: Medium
The weekend is somewhat warmer, but not by much. At least it looks sunny for the first half of the weekend, as the high asserts itself overhead. Expect highs in the low 60s on Saturday. Things get a little trickier for Sunday. If the high pulls away more quickly, as some of the model guidance suggests, more clouds could invade and some showers could develop. Otherwise, the high would stand its ground and deliver another sunny day in the 60s. We’ll keep watching and update this forecast throughout the week.