Potomac sunset by Der Berzerker via Flickr (Der Berzerker )

Is it really Jan. 6? I found myself cracking my car windows this afternoon as temperatures overachieved and jumped into the mid-50s. Gusty winds from the northwest have taken the shine off just a bit, but it’s hard to complain about sunny skies and warm temperatures in early January.

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Through tonight: Mostly sunny and breezy for the remaining daylight hours. Temperatures will slowly fall into and through the 40s after sunset, and winds will abate. Partly cloudy overnight with cooler temperatures. Lows will range from the upper 20s in the suburbs to the low 30s in urban areas with lighter winds from the north at about 10 mph.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Monday): Monday will feel much more like a typical January day. Partly to mostly cloudy skies and a light northern wind will keep temperatures some 15 degrees cooler than they were Sunday. Highs should top out in the upper 30s to around 40. Clouds build tomorrow night, and showers are likely to develop overnight. Lows in the mid- to upper 30s.

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Damaging winds in Seattle: Sleepless in Seattle took on a whole new meaning last night. A strong low-pressure system passed just to the west of the city early Sunday morning, kicking up some strong winds across the Northwest.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport recorded a 60 mph gust just before 2 a.m., the strongest in Seattle in the past 12 years. Not surprisingly, the winds knocked down a lot of trees and power lines. As of this morning, 218,000 people were still without power in the Seattle area.

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