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Posted at 3:15 PM ET, 09/17/2008

PM Update: Pleasantly Cool Conditions Persist

By Ian Livingston

Thursday promises more nice weather

Current D.C. area temperatures, courtesy Weather Bonk. Map by Google. Hover over and click icons for more info. Click and hold on map to pan. Refresh page to update. See this map bigger on our Weather Wall.

This morning's low temperature of 61 degrees at National Airport was the lowest since June 20 and a sign of things to come as we drift ever closer to the cold season. Since this morning, clouds have nicely burned off across most of the area leading to partly or mostly sunny skies this afternoon. Temperatures now in the mid and upper 70s will begin dropping again over the next few hours.

Tonight: Skies stay mostly clear overnight and temperatures drop lower than last night, likely to their lowest readings in several months for many locations. Expect lows to hit the lower 50s (maybe even an isolated upper 40s) in the suburbs and upper 50s in the city.

Tomorrow: Thursday will be mostly sunny and quite beautiful. Expect a north breeze to kick up a bit more than today while temperatures again rise into the mid and upper 70s across the area.

See Dan's full forecast through the weekend, and NatCast for tonight's game.

By Ian Livingston  | September 17, 2008; 3:15 PM ET
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This is some of the year's best weather. I say keep it coming!!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | September 17, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I second that motion, David.

Unfortunately, if it stays this dry, the "much-needed-rain" whiners may start coming back!

There's now a full-scale trough across VA on the updated weather map, but thus far it's a dry trough. There has been some Cu with the trough passage. This morning featured a prominent cirrus formation. Temp. here: 76F; Eau Claire, WI 75F. Pressure near 30.20., winds N or NE.

Posted by: El Bombo | September 17, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

welcome to fall everyone no more heat till next summer.

Posted by: josh | September 17, 2008 8:44 PM | Report abuse

El Bombo, I prefer dry and sunny weather to wet and dismal weather, so the next several days will be welcomed by me.

We had 1.5" of rain last Saturday in Stafford, but points north in Fairfax and DC received nothing at all. We also received 5" from Hanna two Saturdays ago, so we definitely need this dry spell. Besides, cutting grass every four or five days gets old quickly!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | September 17, 2008 9:37 PM | Report abuse

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