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D.C.-area forecast: A thankfully sunny Thanksgiving before rain chances Friday and Sunday

High temperatures are in the 50s through early next week, which is pretty close to normal

Light and shadow on the National Mall on Tuesday. (Joe Flood/Flickr)

Today’s daily digit

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

9/10: Weather won’t worry us as we gobble away on this holiday.

Express forecast

  • Today: Mostly sunny. Highs: 55-60.
  • Tonight: Turning cloudy. Lows: 40-46.
  • Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy with showers. Highs: 54-59.

Forecast in detail

Perfectly pleasant Thanksgiving weather graces the Washington area today thanks to a hearty slice of high pressure. But, as attention turns to holiday shopping, the first of two weather systems arrives for Friday. Sandwiched between the two systems is a pleasant Saturday. Then the second storm system arrives Sunday with more rain.

Today (Thursday): Mostly sunny and slightly warmer than normal with highs in the mid-50s to near 60. Very light and variable winds are also pleasant, with just no real weather excuses to not get outside and burn off excess calories. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clouds increase ahead of the first weather system, but it should stay dry overnight as lows range through the 40s. Light winds from the south. Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Cloudy skies and scattered showers, but any activity should be light and mostly short-lived as highs reach the mid- to upper 50s again. Light winds from the south shift to come from the west at 5 to 10 mph by afternoon. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Clearing skies arrive during the evening and especially overnight as lows reach the 30s to low 40s, with a bit of a breeze. Confidence: Medium-High

A look ahead

Nicer conditions return Saturday with mostly sunny skies and highs again ranging from the mid- to upper 50s. Saturday night clouds up as the second weather system approaches, with lows from the upper 30s to 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday looks cloudy with periods of rain as highs reach the mid-50s. Clouds and shower chances linger into Sunday night with lows in the 40s. Confidence: Medium

Monday should see considerable cloudiness in the morning with even a shower chance before breaking out toward partly sunny skies by afternoon with highs again in the 50s. Confidence: Medium

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