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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 8/2008

Forecast: Mother Nature's Bail Out Already Working

By Dan Stillman

For the most part, a continuation of pleasant weather

We may not know the economic impact of Congress's "rescue plan" for quite a while. But Mother Nature's bail out is already paying dividends in the D.C. area in the form of below-average October heating and air conditioning use. The welcome relief is expected to continue through the weekend, as highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s and lows in the 50s to near 60 keep heating and cooling needs to a minimum.


Partly sunny. Near 70. High pressure drifts east of the area, but hangs close enough to give us a pretty decent day. We'll likely see more clouds than yesterday, but a light breeze from the south should still help temperatures reach afternoon highs near 70. Let's call it partly sunny with an overall trend toward increasing clouds as the day goes on.

Tonight, becoming mostly cloudy -- and that blanket of clouds should trap enough heat to keep lows for most of the metro area in the 50s, rather than the 40s many suburban spots have seen recently. Those clouds have about a 25% chance of spawning a few showers or sprinkles after midnight or toward morning.

Keep reading for the forecast through the Columbus Day weekend.


Partly to mostly cloudy. 30% chance of showers. Mid 70s. In the world of weather maps we'll be caught in no man's land with high-pressure areas to the east and west and low-pressure areas to the north and south. The result will be a good number of clouds, some breaks of sun, and a more humid day with highs in the mid 70s. A few showers may develop, but as of now I'd put the chances of seeing one where you happen to be at only 30%.

Overnight, partly cloudy with a slight chance of a shower and lows from the mid 50s in the suburbs to near 60 downtown.


High pressure will build to the north Friday and hold through the weekend. The result will be partly to mostly sunny skies Friday through Sunday, with highs generally 70-75. Overnight lows should range from 47-54 (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High

The early read on Monday (Columbus Day) is for continued sunshine and a little warmer with highs in the upper 70s to near 80. Confidence: Medium-High

By Dan Stillman  | October 8, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Wow, we're having a heat wave - it's 49 this morning. Must be the heat generated from the massive explosion and subsequent fallout from the global stocks last night...

I was really looking forward to that big batch of rain over the mid-west, only to find out that we're not going to get anything but clouds. Don't get me wrong - I love clouds, but I love rain more (although, SNOW would be better! hehe).

Posted by: weatherdudeVA | October 8, 2008 6:28 AM | Report abuse

Here's another vote for rain...

Posted by: Murre | October 8, 2008 6:38 AM | Report abuse

I am glad to see the rain chances have mainly evaporated this week. I have a birthday bash on Saturday, and it will be nice to spend part of it outdoors.

Posted by: David A. in Stafford | October 8, 2008 6:53 AM | Report abuse

Wow global warming really is hot this October

Posted by: FreshMeatz Iowa | October 8, 2008 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Rub it in. I'm running the a/c 24/7. Pleasant is anything under 88 degrees here in Ft. Lauderdale.

Excuse me now while I pray for snow.

Posted by: MichelleH | October 8, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

Don't forget to do a gamecast for the U.S. - Cuba World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Posted by: Freddy Adu's Evil Twin | October 8, 2008 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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