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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/10/2008

Forecast: Mild, At Least for the Moment

By Josh Larson

Unsettled Friday and Saturday, then cooler

If you've been yearning for mild weather, today and tomorrow will be a treat with highs in the low 70s today and maybe upper 70s tomorrow as warm air surges from the south ahead of a cold front. This same front, however, will bring a chance of showers and thunderstorms late Friday into Saturday. By early next week, it's so long 70s and hello 50s.


Becoming partly sunny. Low 70s. Though the day will start off with plenty of clouds and some fog in spots, by late morning you should be seeing partly sunny skies, which will allow for afternoon highs to reach the low 70s in many places, almost 10 degrees warmer than average.

Tonight, cloudy skies will prop up temperatures in the mid 50s for lows.


Cloudy and warm. Upper 70s. Warm air surging into our area on Friday is likely to push temperatures to at least the mid 70s, and possibly the upper 70s in many spots, even with partly to mostly cloudy skies. Some widely scattered showers are possible during the late afternoon, but most of the precipitation should hold off until the evening hours.

Heading out on Friday night? You might need the umbrella depending on the timing of an approaching cold front. Showers appear likely at some point Friday night along with a chance of thunderstorms. We'll see downright balmy overnight lows near 60.

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend into the start of next week. See NatCast for the forecast for tonight's game at Nationals Park.


If you're planning outdoor activities for Saturday, I'd suggest having a Plan B because of the potential for widespread showers -- some possibly heavy -- through much of the day. A few thunderstorms may be lurking around as well. Temperatures should remain mild, near 70 for highs. Confidence: Medium

While Sunday appears to be mostly dry -- with the exception of a slight chance of a morning shower -- it appears that we'll hold on to partly to mostly cloudy skies with noticeably cooler highs in the upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

Monday may very well be cooler still with highs only making it into the low 50s -- some 10 degrees below normal. Confidence: Medium-High

By Josh Larson  | April 10, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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I know this is supposed to be about local weather but is anyone checking out the storm in the center of the US? Rather impressive to say the least.

Posted by: Sara in Oakton | April 10, 2008 9:07 AM | Report abuse

So, is the rain on Saturday enough to maybe rain out the Nats game? If so I will be seriously bummed as I have several family members coming from out of town for that game.

Posted by: Ana B | April 10, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Ana B -- There's the potential for a rain out, but I'm not yet convinced we'll get a ton of rain on Saturday. We need a couple more model runs to get a better idea how much rain this front is going to produce.

Posted by: Dan, Capital Weather Gang | April 10, 2008 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Snow today where I live in Boulder, CO. Pictures here:

Posted by: Josh, Capital Weather Gang | April 10, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

when should i make a decision about whether or not to call off a hike on saturday due to weather?

Posted by: brian | April 10, 2008 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Brian -- Would try to delay decision until you see our forecast tomorrow morning. There's still a chance we get by with not a lot of precipitation.

Posted by: Capital Weather Gang | April 10, 2008 3:02 PM | Report abuse

I'm guessing having purchased tickets for grandstand seating for the Cherry Blossom Parade isn't going to be good enough of a reason to plan on braving the weather and heading into town Saturday morning?

Posted by: Mark | April 10, 2008 3:26 PM | Report abuse

I have tickets to the Nats game Friday night. Are we going to get wet?

Posted by: Kate | April 10, 2008 3:34 PM | Report abuse

No dance Saturday, but weekend errands and the Cherry Blossom Parade that morning. This would be the third straight Saturday for which rain has been predicted, however it failed to rain the past two, though last Sunday was rather wet.

The Sunday and Monday showers look like cold-weather instability showers (or sprinkles) from here. There could be a rather cool snap on the way.

Posted by: El Bombo | April 10, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

I would not bet on rain saturday! How many times have they been calling for rain from a cold front and one area of rain goes north and the other to the south, or drys up all together. IMO I think saturday will turn out to be a rather nice day.

Posted by: Robert Jewell | April 10, 2008 6:42 PM | Report abuse

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