A red-bellied woodpecker pecking away in Huntley Meadows. (Miki Jourdan via Flickr)

Well, how about that? It was actually cold this morning. Temperatures easily dropped to the lowest readings of this pathetic winter season Saturday morning, thanks to the passage of an Arctic front and a strong high-pressure system. But not surprisingly, the cold “streak” won’t last as temperatures jump back above 50 degrees Sunday.

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Through Tonight: Partly cloudy in the evening, becoming mostly cloudy overnight. It won’t be as cold as last evening, with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s. Winds will become southerly at about 10 mph.

View the current weather at The Washington Post.

Tomorrow (Sunday): There will be a mix of sun and clouds with milder temperatures. Moderate winds from the southwest will push afternoon highs into the upper 40s and low 50s, depending on how much sunshine we get. Tranquil tomorrow night with lows in the low- to mid-30s.

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Dennis the Beast: The storm named Dennis is making things rather miserable in the United Kingdom. The storm itself is a rather impressive meteorological example of an extra tropical system feeding off its oceanic and atmospheric environments to undergo rapid strengthening.

As of this afternoon, the central pressure of Dennis was down to 922 millibars, which makes it one of the strongest storms on record in the North Atlantic. The storm will meander just south of Iceland over the next 24 hours, providing some relief to the stormy weather for much of the U.K and Ireland for parts of Sunday. Dennis will then make an exit over the North Sea late Sunday night, bringing another period of very strong winds to the U.K., particularly in Scotland.

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