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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 01/ 8/2008

Forecast: Record Warmth Within Reach

By Jason Samenow

Cooler air coming; Could white stuff be far behind?

Welcome to the Capital Weather Gang blog! Read more below to find out more about us and this blog, but let's get right to the forecast ....

Did you like the weather yesterday? Mother Nature's bottled it up and will spoon it out again today. Yesterday, a record high of 71 degrees was set at Dulles Airport. Today, records at all three area airports are in jeopardy as the mercury sets its sight at 70 degrees again. Cooler air moves into the metro area starting tomorrow.

TODAY

Partly sunny and spectacular. Near 70. Patchy morning fog starts the day, but will gradually burn off in the morning with sunshine mixed with a few clouds in the afternoon. The very warm southerly flow will continue unabated, resulting in high temperatures up to 30 degrees above average (the low 40s). Most areas will experience highs ranging from 67-73. The records at Reagan National, BWI and Dulles are 69, 67, and 69, respectively, and could all be broken.

Mild conditions overnight, with a chance of showers after midnight as a cold front approaches. Lows will be near 50.

TOMORROW

Morning showers, PM sunshine and breezy. Mid 50s. A cold front will slide through the area early with some showers possible through mid-morning. Behind the front, clearing will occur rapidly, with the sun likely out by early afternoon. Temperatures will still be on the mild side, but a good 15 degrees below today's levels. In addition to the cooler conditions, you'll notice the wind, gusting at times up to 20-25mph. Overnight, winds subside under clear skies. Temperatures will bottom out near 30 in the cooler suburbs north and west of town and around 35 downtown.

THURSDAY

Increasing clouds, afternoon rain possible. Near 50. Some sunshine will start the day, but clouds will rapidly move in as a storm develops to our west. By afternoon, some scattered light rain may develop from southwest to northeast. The later in the day, the more likely the rain. Whereas daytime rain chances may only be around 50/50, rain is quite likely overnight (70% chance) and could be moderate to heavy at times. Low temperatures should drop to near 40.

A LOOK AHEAD

The storm responsible for Thursday night's rain will pass to the north on Friday, dragging a cold front through the region. The rain should end in the morning, with gradual clearing in the afternoon. High temperatures will reach the mid 50s and it will turn breezy.

A more winter-like airmass starts to build into the region Saturday, but with plenty of sunshine and the core of the cold air still in the upper Midwest, we still may reach 50. Not until Sunday will temperatures cool to their seasonal average, when highs will likely be in the low to mid 40s. Also of interest, a coastal storm may try to develop to our south. Depending on its track and evolution, some of the white stuff could impact the area late Sunday or Monday. We'll keep you posted.

By Jason Samenow  | January 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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