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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 04/16/2008

Forecast: Weather Fit for a Pope

By Dan Stillman

It's been a long time since we've seen a stretch of weather as spectacular as the next few days. The timing couldn't be more perfect for the Pope, who arrived in D.C. yesterday. A coincidence? I think not. People often ask us meteorologists to "make" the weather nice. But if anyone has influence over Mother Nature, I think we all know who it would be.

TODAY

Sunny. Mid 60s to near 70. If you're looking for something to complain about (and let's face it, some of you just have to complain about something), it would be early-morning lows ranging from near 30 in the coldest burbs to the upper 30s to near 40 downtown. Temperatures, though, will rise quickly under blue skies and bright sunshine, to afternoon highs in the mid 60s to near 70.

Tonight, clear and not quite as cold. Lows in the low to mid 40s downtown, mid 30s in the burbs.

Confidence: High

TOMORROW

As good as it gets. Tomorrow could be a contender for nicest day of the year, as sunny skies warm high temperatures to the low to mid 70s. Overnight, lows should drop to the low 50s downtown, mid 40s in the colder burbs.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. See PopeCast for our forecast for tomorrow's Papal Mass at Nationals Park.

A LOOK AHEAD

I smell another Nice Day Sun for Friday and another contender for nicest day of the year. More sunny skies are expected, this time with highs in the mid 70s to near 80 and continued low humidity. Confidence: Medium-High

A cold front will likely approach from the west on Saturday. But it may hang back long enough to allow mostly sunny skies through much of the day with highs in the 70s, before some clouds and a chance of showers enter the picture by afternoon or evening. Confidence: Medium

That front could spend the day Sunday in our vicinity, bringing with it increased clouds and a better chance of showers with highs in the mid 60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium

By Dan Stillman  | April 16, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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