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Posted at 9:55 AM ET, 11/11/2008

Forecast: Sun to be Replaced by Clouds, Then Rain

By Matt Rogers

Warmer weather late week may also be wet

There should be a good amount of sun out there today, but clouds will make their presence felt tomorrow before overtaking the skies entirely by Thursday and Friday. Meanwhile, a disturbance lifting north through the southern states should deliver some rain Thursday into Saturday. Cool 50s through Thursday could briefly warm into the 60s on Friday and Saturday before a major cold front arrives. Much colder weather is possible next week.

TODAY (TUESDAY)

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Partly to mostly sunny. Low 50s. The sun will make a good showing today before its extended absence for the rest of the work week. Look for high temperatures to be a good five or so degrees below average.

Tonight should see more cool weather with temperatures dropping into the 30s again (34-38, suburbs-city). Look for partly cloudy skies with light breezes.

Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.

TOMORROW (WEDNESDAY)

Clouds canopy the capital. 50-54. Clouds are anticipated to return in force to dominate the scene and hold temperatures down yet again. We should see the weather remain dry though with showers holding off until possibly Wednesday night.

On Wednesday night, some widely scattered showers are possible (20% chance) and the increased cloud cover should prevent lows from dropping down as chilly as the previous nights. Look for a 40-44 range.

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday is our rainiest day of the week (70% likelihood) due to that aforementioned southern weather disturbance. Rain could be heavy at times during the day and the evening. Look for a 54-58 high temperature range and a 45-50 overnight low temperature range Thursday night. Confidence: Low-Medium

Friday should see more showers (40% chance) and definitely more clouds. A wind flow from the south should push temperatures up to their warmest levels of the week with highs 60-65. Lows Friday night should fall into the 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The weekend is setting up for another big cold front, but the biggest impact should be Sunday on temperatures. Saturday could still make a run for the lower to middle 60s and look out for a shower again (30% chance) - especially in the morning. Colder winds will pick up Saturday night with lows back in the middle to upper 30s again. By Sunday, highs may only range from the upper 40s to the lower 50s around the area. And do not forget the clouds. They will still be about, but the sun make make a few appearances as well on Sunday. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Matt Rogers  | November 11, 2008; 9:55 AM ET
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