Today’s daily digit

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

4/10: Shockingly chilled at times, but at least the ☀️ tries to best some cloudiness. We turn warmer this weekend, so we can stomach a wintry-feeling day — possibly the last of the season.

Express forecast

  • Today: Windy. More sun than clouds. Highs: Mid- to upper 40s.
  • Tonight: Mostly clear, less wind. Lows: 20s to around 30.
  • Tomorrow: Mainly sunny. Light breeze. Highs: 53-59.
  • Sunday: Sunnier with time. Highs: Mid- to upper 60s.

Forecast in detail

Today’s wintry wind chills will fade into memory as we aim for 50s tomorrow and 60s on Sunday. With temperatures rising, winds look calmer after today and we should stay dry through Monday, if not Tuesday. Full-on spring returns soon!

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Today (Friday): Wind chills may feel close to the 20-degree mark to start the day, but closer to 40 degrees by day’s end, as northwesterly winds gust to around 30 mph. Temperatures on the thermometer try to slowly rise into the mid- to upper 40s (especially south of town). Sunshine may dominate overall, but we do have a pocket of very cold air aloft, which may help produce some clouds at times. Confidence: High

Tonight: Northwest winds steadily drop each hour into the night, probably “only” gusting around 20 mph a couple times early in the evening. Calmer conditions after midnight combine with clearer skies to allow one last night of notably chilly temperatures. Even downtown may dip to around 30 degrees, with 20s outside the Beltway and away from larger bodies of water in the region. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Saturday): Under sunny skies, we should see mid-50s to perhaps a few upper 50s for high temperatures as cold air retreats from our region. Northwest breezes are much lighter, gusting to around 15 mph only a few times. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Winds calm and clouds gather, but it’s very likely we stay raindrop-free. Low temperatures are milder, relatively, but still in the mid-30s to around 40 (downtown). Confidence: Medium

A look ahead

Sunday: Early clouds should erode on Easter morning. With time, skies become increasingly sunny, helping to warm us up fairly quickly from a chilly start. High temperatures reach for seasonably average levels for this time of year, into the mid- and upper 60s. A few late-day wind gusts are possible but should pass fairly quickly. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday night: Any early clouds should clear more and more as the night wears on. Any early wind gust or two quickly turns into calmer conditions. Low temperatures may range from the upper 30s to mid-40s. Before dawn, glance at Jupiter, Saturn and the moon in the southeastern sky! Confidence: Medium-High

Low to mid-70s warm our Monday and Tuesday, with both days leaning toward more sunshine than clouds. While it may be rain-free both days, we can’t completely rule out a quick shower on Tuesday. West-northwest breezes should be fairly tame, keeping some Nice Day contention for one or both days! Confidence: Medium