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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 6/2008

Forecast: Fall to Keep Feeling Fantastic

By Jason Samenow

Arguably our area's finest weather comes in late April to mid-May and mid-September to mid-October. That's when we see the best chance of dry, warm days and clear, refreshing nights in extended stretches. We're in such a stretch now, so we should savor it. November rains will be here before we know it...


Partly cloudy, 72-76. A weak cold front will pass through the region this afternoon. It has very little moisture associated with it, so its main impact will likely just be some clouds, especially during the morning. Despite the clouds, we should still have at least 50% sunshine, allowing temperatures to rise into the 70s. During the afternoon, a wind from the north will pick up at about 10-15 mph.

Skies clear overnight and winds largely subside, with lows from 40-45 in the cooler suburbs to the upper 40s downtown.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the week.


Partly to mostly sunny, a little cooler. 65-69. Winds from the northwest courtesy of a Canadian airmass building into the region will provide a chill, especially during the morning. By the afternoon, a good deal of sunshine will help to undo the chill, with highs reaching the upper 60s. Winds will generally be light.

Clear and quite cool overnight -- possibly the coolest of the season -- with lows 46-49 downtown, and 39-47 in the suburbs.

Confidence: High


The moon photographed through a telescope yesterday evening in Stafford, Va. By Capital Weather Gang visitor David Abbou.

Most of Wednesday should be nice with a mix of sun and clouds and highs near 70. Late in the day, clouds may increase and a shower or two is possible overnight (20% chance). Confidence: Medium

Weak high pressure builds back into the region Thursday and Friday bringing partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the low 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

As of now the weekend looks pretty good. High pressure to the north is likely to keep us mostly dry. However, we'll have to watch the possibility of some moisture leaking into the area from the south and southwest...but I'm not sold on significant rain chances at this point. Highs both days will likely be in the low 70s. Confidence: Medium

By Jason Samenow  | October 6, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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I agree, Jason. Enjoy this weather while it lasts. Try to keep the rain away for my semi-outdoor birthday party on Saturday!

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | October 6, 2008 8:36 AM | Report abuse

This has be the Dog Days of CapWx reader comment posting...absolutely nothing doing...although Dulles may get its first sub 40 temp tonite...woohoo...

Posted by: Dulles ARC | October 6, 2008 9:37 AM | Report abuse

Any idea of the timing on the possible rain on Saturday..have an outdoor brunch planned w/no rainy day plans...thanks!

Posted by: dcnative | October 6, 2008 9:42 PM | Report abuse

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