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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 03/31/2008

Forecast: Warmth Faces Strong Resistance

By Jason Samenow

I know what a lot of people are thinking, myself included: Will it just get warm already? I wish I had better news, but consistent warm weather is not in the cards this week. Like the last couple of weeks, the coming week may have one or two particularly warm days (Tuesday and Friday) with cool weather the rest of the time.

TODAY

Cloudy, 52-56. A warm front will gradually lift northward, but cool air and clouds will stay socked in due to lingering maritime flow. A few sprinkles or some patchy drizzle is possible, but it should be mostly dry despite the clouds. High temperatures will generally be in the mid 50s.

Due to persistent cloud cover and southerly flow, temperatures won't fall much tonight. Lows will be near 50. Watch out for a stray shower or two.

TUESDAY

Variably cloudy and much warmer with p.m. showers possible. Near 70. The cool wedge of air over the region should finally lift out, resulting in decidedly warmer temperatures. Despite quite a bit of cloud cover, there should be some intervals of sunshine -- especially during the morning to midday hours. During the mid to late afternoon hours, a cold front will approach, so scattered showers and thunderstorms may impact the metro area (50% chance) until the front clears mid-evening.

Overnight it will turn windy and cooler, with lows in the mid to upper 40s.

Keep reading for the forecast for the rest of the week

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The tulips didn't mind the the cool weekend weather. Shot Sunday on Cathedral Avenue near Woodley Park by Capital Weather Gang photographer Ian Livingston

WEDNESDAY

A little brisk but dry. 55-60. Cool air will stream into the area, but with a strong April sun and a mild start, highs should still reach well into the 50s. A gusty northwest wind will make it feel a little colder than the air temperature.

Overnight, winds will become calm and skies will clear. Lows will plunge to near 30 in the outlying suburbs to the mid to upper 30s downtown.

A LOOK AHEAD

Clouds increase Thursday, with a chance of rain as a warm front approaches from the south. High temperatures will likely only be in the mid 50s. Like Tuesday, Friday will probably experience a rapid warm-up, with highs reaching well into the 60s. But showers are possible late (just like Tuesday) as another cold front moves through the region.

The weekend looks dry, but still cool, with highs in the 50s to near 60.

By Jason Samenow  | March 31, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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