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Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 10/18/2008

Forecast: Autumn Takes Hold

By Brian Jackson

by Brian Jackson

*Freeze Watch late Sunday night and Monday morning north and west of the District*

After enjoying a super warm week, I suppose we have to pay our dues with the arrival of cooler weather. However, a few days of below normal temperatures is a very small price to pay for the great weather we experienced last week. While the weekend will be chilly, we'll stay dry, and the sun will battle a brisk wind from the north to take some of the bite out of the air.

TODAY (SATURDAY)

Sun and clouds, 62-65. A weak disturbance will be passing through the area causing some cloudiness throughout the day but no rain. We'll still see a fair amount of sunshine though it will stay fairly cool, with afternoon highs only reaching the low-to-mid 60s. Winds will be out of the north at 10-20 mph becoming gusty later in the day.

We'll be in for a rather brisk night -- probably the coldest of the season. Clearing skies will allow temperatures to fall into the lower 40s downtown and into the upper 30s in the outlying suburbs. Winds will continue out of the north at around 10 mph adding to the chill in the air.

Keep reading for the forecast through Tuesday. See also SkinsCast for tomorrow's game.

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Sunrise Thursday morning. By Capital Weather Gang photographer Kevin Ambrose.

TOMORROW (SUNDAY)

Clear and cool, 58-61.Sunday should be the low point temperature-wise for this forecast period but will remain very sunny and refreshing. Some locales won't make it out of the upper 50s during the afternoon with the warmest temperatures only reaching the lower 60s. A wind from the north at 10-15 mph will make the air feel quite crisp.

Sunday night will be another cold one for us. Clear skies will prevail and the north wind should begin to die down allowing temperatures to cool to near 40 in the city with most suburbs dipping into low-to-mid 30s -- hence the freeze watch north and west of the District.

A LOOK AHEAD

Monday and Tuesday look dry with seasonable temperatures as high pressure remains entrenched over the region. After a cold start Monday, we'll see temperatures rebound nicely into the upper 60s under mostly sunny skies. On Tuesday though, another cool front moves into the area which should create a bit of cloud cover while also ushering in a return to cooler high temperatures in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Brian Jackson  | October 18, 2008; 11:55 AM ET
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Comments

Still loving this weather. But not loving it enough to go watch John McCain at the McCoart Building here in Woodbridge later on. Of course, if it were the best weather in the world, I still wouldn't go watch him. Hahaha.

The NWS has issued a Freeze Watch for most counties between the Blue Ridge and DC. DC and points east are not included in the watch.

...FREEZE WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY
MORNING...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN STERLING VIRGINIA HAS ISSUED A
FREEZE WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE SUNDAY NIGHT THROUGH
MONDAY MORNING.

A COOLER AIRMASS WILL SETTLE INTO THE MID ATLANTIC REGION
THIS WEEKEND. CLEARING SKIES AND DECREASING WINDS ARE EXPECTED TO
ALLOW TEMPERATURES TO FALL BELOW FREEZING EARLY MONDAY MORNING
ACROSS MANY COMMUNITIES BETWEEN THE BLUE RIDGE AND INTERSTATE 95
CORRIDOR.

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 18, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

Two days ago, I went jogging in 80-degree weather. This morning, the upper 40s and breezy conditions were the rule for my run. Certainly, there's been a change of seasons in the last 48 hours!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | October 18, 2008 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Perfect. day. Perfect.

Posted by: Laura in NWDC | October 18, 2008 6:40 PM | Report abuse

I guess its nice the seasons finally changed.

You always have to add one month for the beginning of fall and subtract 2 months from the beginning of summer. So basically our summers are 6 months long.

Posted by: Period | October 18, 2008 8:08 PM | Report abuse

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