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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 05/ 1/2008

Forecast: Warmer Weather Makes Comeback

By Josh Larson

So does the chance for weekend showers, storms

After the 50s and 60s of the past few days, we'll look for a warmer pattern to settle in as a more southerly flow pushes temperatures to near 70 today and near or above 80 tomorrow. Mild temperatures linger into this weekend, but like last weekend may be accompanied by showers and storms.


Mostly cloudy, shower? Near 70. Despite mostly cloudy skies much of the day, 10-15 mph winds from the south will transport milder air into the region, allowing for highs in the upper 60s north of D.C. to the low 70s south of town. We can't rule out a small chance (about 20%) of some showers, especially north of D.C., but most locations should remain mostly dry.

Partly cloudy tonight with milder overnight lows in the mid to upper 50s.


Partly sunny. Late-day shower or t-storm? Low 80s. Partly sunny skies along with continued southerly flow on Friday will boost temperatures another 10 degrees or so from today's highs. Most places should reach or exceed the 80-degree mark along with relatively comfortable humidity levels (dew points in the mid 50s). There is a small chance (20%) of a late-day shower or thunderstorm.

Mostly clear and quite mild Friday night, with lows near 60 downtown and in the mid to upper 50s across the cooler suburbs.

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.


In a setup troublingly similar to last weekend, a slow-moving cold front will lurk near our region this weekend, allowing for plenty of clouds and occasional showers -- especially on Sunday.

Much of the day Saturday should be partly sunny with highs in the mid 70s. Some showers and thunderstorms could develop (40% chance) during the late afternoon, but may hold off until the evening or overnight hours as lows dip to the mid to upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

As the front moves through the area on Sunday we can expect mostly cloudy skies and a 60% chance of showers and thunderstorms -- some of which may produce heavy downpours. I expect we'll see slightly cooler temperatures, in the low to mid 70s. Showers may linger into Sunday night with cooler lows in the low to mid 50s.Confidence: Medium

The front should be moving off to our east come Monday, which would mean eventually clearing skies, possibly windy conditions, and highs in the upper 60s to low 70s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | May 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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