Forecast: Warm Weather Eludes Washington
Make no mistake about it, today will be nice and so will the second half of the week through Memorial Day weekend. But the 80-degree warmth many of us look forward to in late May will be nowhere around. Afternoon temperatures will generally range from the upper 60s to mid 70s all week long -- except Tuesday when clouds and rain may hold temperatures in the low 60s.
Sunny and breezy. Near 70. Cool high pressure will hold temperatures about five to seven degrees below average. But in the abundant sunshine, it will feel pleasantly mild. A 15 mph wind from the northwest will make you glad you wore your jacket, especially when you're walking in the shade.
Tonight, clouds rapidly increase with showers likely after midnight. Lows dip down to near 50.
Keep reading for the forecast through the work week and upcoming weekend. See NatCast for the outlook for tonight's game.
Morning rain, cool. 60-65. An area of low pressure will race through central Virginia producing a batch of rain during the first half of the day. Rainfall totals should generally be about 0.25-0.5" in the metro area (highest amounts in the southern suburbs) with lesser amounts to the north (Baltimore, Frederick) and up to 0.75" to the south (Fredericksburg, Charlottesville). The rain should end by early afternoon with slow clearing by evening. Some peeks of sun late in the afternoon should nudge temperatures above the 60 degree mark.
Skies should be mainly clear Tuesday night although some high clouds may increase by morning. Lows will likely range from the mid 40s in the cooler suburbs to the low 50s downtown.
A weak cold front passes through the region Wednesday, increasing clouds and possibly (40% chance) triggering a shower or two. Highs should be in the mid 60s to near 70. Confidence: Medium
Cool high pressure builds in from the northwest starting Thursday and should hold through the holiday weekend. This means partly to mostly sunny skies each day with slowly warming temperatures. Highs Thursday and Friday will likely be near 70. Saturday's high temps rise to 70-75. By Sunday, mid to upper 70s are possible. On Memorial Day, we may finally reach the elusive 80 degree mark. Confidence: Medium-High
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