Our average high is falling about a degree every three days. Today, D.C. is down to an average of 55 degrees, which we fell short of again, as we’ve done for almost three-quarters of the month so far. For the most part, we’ll struggle to get that warm in the week ahead. Fortunately, some well-placed nicer days are ahead. And today has been just a hint of what’s to come Thursday.

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Through Tonight: Partly to mostly clear skies will persist through the night. With winds turning to come from the south, slightly more moisture in the air will help keep temperatures from falling as far as recent nights. It will still be rather cold, though. Lows will range from the upper 20s to mid-30s in most spots.

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Thursday (Thanksgiving Day): It will be the warmest day of the week, a present to those traveling to see their families. We’ll have a seasonably cool morning, with temperatures climbing to the mid-40s by 10 o’clock or so. Generally pleasant conditions will be a good bet thereafter, as will partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid- or upper 50s. You may notice increasing clouds later as the next cold front approaches. It will eventually deliver a few showers overnight and a chilly Friday. Winds will be out of the south around 5 to 10 mph.

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