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D.C.-area forecast: Mainly clear skies plus warmer temperatures today and tomorrow

60s return before we turn slightly cooler and cloudier into early next week

Looking across the Potomac River to Fletcher’s Cove and the C&O Canal on Thursday. (Vincent/Flickr)
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Today’s daily digit

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

9/10: About as perfect as a November day can get. Perhaps the sunniest of the next few. If only the morning was a hair warmer, with a touch less breeze.

Express forecast

  • Today: Sunny. Lighter breeze. Highs: 59 to 65.
  • Tonight: Partly cloudy, calmer. Lows: Upper 30s to mid-40s.
  • Tomorrow: Slowly increasing clouds. Highs: 61 to 68.
  • Sunday: Mostly cloudy, slight breeze. Highs: 50s.

Forecast in detail

We’ve got a relatively nice couple of days ahead. There’s little excuse not to get outside and do that run, walk, hike, bike, jog — any outdoor activity — before winter gets here. Some clouds are in the forecast in the coming days, ahead of our next chance of rain Sunday night into Monday. Enjoy today’s clear skies.

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Today (Friday): Shooting above our average high temperature in D.C. of 56 degrees for the date, we aim for near 60 to mid-60s by midafternoon. (We’re right on the edge for temperatures when it comes to a “nice day,” but it is late November.) Winds are the tamest in days, with southerly breezes only occasionally eyeing a 15-mph burst. This also may be our sunniest, clearest-sky day for a while, so please soak up the rays while we can. A bit of haze from southern U.S. wildfire smoke is possible, but shouldn’t be too big a factor if it makes it here. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies persist during the evening, along with calming breezes. That combo should allow temperatures to drop below 50 degrees by late evening. Clouds may increase a bit later in the night, halting the fall in low temperatures to around the upper 30s to mid-40s range. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): One more warm day. The morning is a bit brighter than the afternoon, as high-level clouds increase. Winds are generally light, but we could see a couple midday northwesterly breezes near 10 to 15 mph. High temperatures reach the 61- to 68-degree range. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clouds build into the region, but we should remain rain-free. Low to mid-40s should do it for low temperatures, by around sunrise. We could see a light but steady northeasterly breeze build during the predawn hours. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Sunday: Skies are mostly cloudy with marine air pushing into the region upon northeasterly breezes around 10 mph. We should still be able to hit the mid-50s by late day, with a chance we see a couple of upper 50s if sunshine is able to peek out more than currently forecast. A couple sprinkles can’t be ruled out as we go through the day, either. Confidence: Medium

Sunday night: A sprinkle or shower is possible in the evening, with a period of steadier showers possible nearer dawn. We should have a better idea of rain timing and amounts as we get closer. Skies are cloudy, which act as a blanket, keeping low temperatures from falling past the mid-40s to around 50 degrees. Confidence: Medium

Wind and morning dampness may be the Monday stories. Behind a cold front, temperatures may not fall much immediately, managing the mid-50s to near 60 degrees. With northwesterly winds perhaps gusting near 30 mph, it may feel several degrees chillier than the temperature on the thermometer. Sunshine returns as drier air moves in during the afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Sunnier, calmer and cooler on Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid-40s to around 50. Afternoon clouds could pop up, but we’ll keep an eye on the details as we get closer. Dew points in the wintry 20s mean very dry air, so you may need to get the moisturizer back out. Confidence: Medium

Read more about Capital Weather Gang’s confidence rating.