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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 10/ 1/2008

Forecast: October Opens on Cooling Note

By Dan Stillman

Welcome to October -- my favorite weather month of the year. The first full month of fall typically brings an end to hot and humid days, some stretches of refreshingly dry air with crisp morning lows and room-temperature highs, and that first legitimate cold snap that says winter is soon to come. This October gets off to a nice start over the next several days with increasing sun, decreasing rain chances, and highs from the upper 60s to mid 70s.

TODAY (WEDNESDAY)

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Partly to mostly cloudy. A few passing showers. Low 70s. Partly to mostly cloudy skies could yield a few passing showers today, but nothing like the storms that came through last evening. Highs in the low 70s ain't bad, but would feel nicer with more sunshine, no?

Tonight, clearing skies and quite cool with lows in the low 50s downtown and upper 40s to near 50 in the suburbs.

Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend. See UnitedCast if you're headed for tonight's game at RFK.

TOMORROW (THURSDAY)

Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-to-upper 60s. Cooler, drier air continuing to flow in from the northwest establishes itself nicely with highs struggling to reach 70. Partly to mostly clear skies during the day last into the night. That combined with light winds and low dewpoints will allow Thursday night temperatures to drop to lows near 50 downtown, and the crispy low-to-mid 40s outside the Beltway.

A LOOK AHEAD

If you like the sound of mostly sunny skies and highs in the 70s, then say a big thank you to the high pressure that will control our weather this weekend. Saturday and Sunday night lows in the 50s won't be as cool as the previous couple of nights. Confidence: Medium-High

Does high pressure hold in strong for Monday? As of now I think the answer will by yes, meaning continued sunshine and highs in the 70s. Confidence: Medium-High

By Dan Stillman  | October 1, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

High 66 in Sterling tomorrow, wow!

Posted by: Sterling | October 1, 2008 8:02 AM | Report abuse

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