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D.C.-area forecast: Clouds hang around as temperatures warm

Thursday through Saturday look nicer with more sunshine, although it’s somewhat cooler

Fall foliage along the Potomac River near Memorial Bridge on Monday. (Jeannie In D.C.)

Today’s daily digit

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

7/10: Clouds struggle to thin, but a high near 70 is still a win!

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs: 67-73.
  • Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows: 52-58.
  • Tomorrow: Partly cloudy, possible shower. Highs: 69-75.

Forecast in detail

One low-pressure system is not getting the hint and is lingering in our area, while another one approaches Wednesday. As a result, we are crowded with clouds today and, at times, tomorrow too. We finally break free of this mess by Thursday with pleasant conditions into Saturday. Some computer modeling suggests that a storm from the south may bring rain by later Sunday into Halloween.

Today (Tuesday): Patchy morning fog and pesky cloudy skies continue. Temperatures are a little warmer than Monday, with highs from the upper 60s to low 70s. Light winds come from the southeast at 5 to 10 mph. A sprinkle or light shower is possible. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy conditions continue, with lows ranging through the 50s as light winds come from the southeast at about 5 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Partly cloudy as one weather system exits and another one approaches. Winds from the south at 5 to 10 mph move our high temperatures from near 70 to the mid-70s, making it the week’s mildest day. A light shower is possible, especially late in the day into the evening. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Partly cloudy and slightly cooler with lows in the upper 40s to mid-50s. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Thursday could still see some morning cloudiness, but the afternoon should improve with partly to mostly sunny skies emerging and highs in the mid- to upper 60s. Thursday night looks mostly clear and cool with lows in the 40s (far west to northwest suburbs could see upper 30s). Confidence: Medium-High

Friday features partly to mostly sunny skies with near seasonal weather; highs are in the mid-60s. Mostly clear Friday night with lows from near 40 to the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Our final weekend of October is mixed, with a reasonably nice Saturday and then a potentially messier Sunday. Saturday brings partly to mostly sunny skies with highs in the mid-60s. Clouds increase Sunday with possible showers late in the day and highs near 60. Saturday night looks partly cloudy with lows in the 40s again. Confidence: Medium (Saturday); Low-Medium (Sunday)