It was a sweaty first full day of spring as temperatures soared into the low-to-mid 80s, the highest so far this year. This was good enough for a record high at Dulles, where it reached 80, breaking the previous mark of 77. Washington made it to 83, tying the record from 1945.
The warmth is due to tropical air surging north ahead of a cold front moving toward the area. This is front is likely to trigger some showers into tonight. Then it’s back to early-March conditions this weekend as temperatures tumble. Ahh, spring.
Through tonight: After a bit of a lull in the showers this afternoon into early evening, they become likely heading into the night. There could be a storm or two as well, although they may not have too much oomph around here. Lows range across the 40s with showers continuing most of the night, and the wind shifts to come from the northwest.
Most places see a 10th to a quarter of an inch of rain or so, less to the north and more to the south. A few locations could pick up an inch or more.
View the current weather at The Washington Post.
Tomorrow (Saturday): Some showers may linger until about 8 to 10 a.m., especially south and east of the city. We should see a good deal of sun after we get rid of those morning showers. Highs reach the low to mid-50s most spots. That’s about 30 degrees colder than today, especially considering the “feels-like” conditions. Winds are out of the north around 10 mph.
Sunday: Coming off freezing overnight lows in the mid-20s to lower 30s in most spots, it’s a chilly day. Skies are partly to mostly sunny, but with clouds increasing by afternoon. Highs should reach near 50 to the mid-50s. Rain or some light mixed precipitation turning to rain should hold off until after dark.
Pollen update: Tree pollen is high at 228.75 grains per cubic meter. Mold spores and grass pollen are low.
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