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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/ 3/2008

Forecast: Suddenly Springlike and Seventy

By Jason Samenow

But does winter lurk?

In the blink of an eye, warm weather has arrived. Today's high temperatures will double last Thursday's, when we were wearing scarves and shivering in the 30s. Relieve your spring fever by venturing outside for lunch or, better, taking the day off. But caution: March is fickle and the warmth won't last. A cooling trend starts Wednesday with a blast of cold air possible by the weekend.

TODAY

Sensational sunshine, breezy. 66-70. We're not talking record heat (that's up near 80) and the day will start off chilly, but mild air will become more noticeable with each passing hour through late afternoon. Temperatures will climb from the 30s to near 70 degrees with a steady southerly breezy at 10-20mph. Close to the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay, the cool waters will hold high temperatures to 60-65.

Overnight, clouds will increase and temperatures will remain mild. Lows should be in the upper 40s to low 50s.

TUESDAY

Mostly cloudy, breezy, and very mild. Rain and storms late. Near 70. The long-anticipated storm will approach from the southwest. While some spotty showers are possible during the day, most of the rain will likely hold off until the early evening and overnight hours. The bulk of the daylight hours will be dry with southerly winds continuing to feed unseasonably warm air into the region.

Overnight showers and thunderstorms are likely, accompanied by heavy rain and possibly strong winds. A few severe storms may develop and we'll provide more details on that possibility tomorrow. Temperatures will drop into the mid to upper 40s by early morning.

Keep reading for the forecast for the Wednesday and the rest of the week...

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Tree buds beginning to bloom in Glover Park. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston.

WEDNESDAY

Windy, not as warm. 54-58. Behind the storm, cooler air will follow with winds from the northwest increasing. But it will remain on the mild side as sunshine gradually emerges. Overnight, clear and cool conditions return with lows near freezing downtown and in the upper 20s in the colder suburbs.

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday will be dry and seasonable, with temperatures in the low 50s. Temperatures will reach the 50s again Friday, when a passing cold front brings a slight chance of showers. It will turn colder Friday night into Saturday, when highs will have a tough time reaching the mid 40s. Dry and cool conditions will persist Sunday, with high temperatures holding in the 40s.

By Jason Samenow  | March 3, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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