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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 03/12/2008

CommuteCast: Clear With Gusty Winds Diminishing

By Ian Livingston

Less windy and slightly warmer on Thursday

Latest view of D.C. looking east from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service.

The slow increase in daytime temperatures that has occurred throughout the week continued today as highs have thus far topped out in the mid 50s across the area. Gusty winds from the northwest have added a slight chill to the air, but strong March sunshine has made it feel somewhat mild away from shaded areas. The drive home will be dry with variable clouds.

Tonight: High pressure will build across the area tonight causing winds to slacken and allowing temperatures to drop very close to seasonal norms. The night will begin mostly clear, but some high cloudiness may begin to spread into the region late. Lows will fall to the mid 30s in the city, and into the lower 30s in the normally colder suburbs.

Tomorrow: Thursday will likely continue the slow warming trend we have seen this week, as high pressure begins to slip to our east and winds shift from the north and northwest to out of the south. High temperatures should top out in the upper 50s for most places, and a few 60-degree readings are also possible, with more clouds than today but still a decent amount of sun.

See Dan's forecast for a look at the upcoming weekend storminess.

By Ian Livingston  | March 12, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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