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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 11/ 9/2008

Forecast: Seasonably Cool and Sunny

By Brian Jackson

By Brian Jackson

Over the last several days, the weather world has experienced an extremely potent blizzard in the High Plains, and a major category 4 hurricane in the Caribbean. Lucky for us, we won't be seeing anything like that as we'll return to fair and seasonable weather through mid-week. Clear skies follow in the wake of yesterday's cold front as high pressure slowly pushes into the region. We'll continue to see a fair amount of sunshine early in the week along with seasonable temperatures in the upper 50s before our next major chance for rain moves in on Thursday.

TODAY (SUNDAY)

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Becoming mostly sunny. 58-61. We'll likely wake up to at least partly sunny skies as we continue clearing out behind yesterday's cold front. A ridge of high pressure will slowly take hold and by afternoon, mostly sunny conditions will dominate the area. All that sun doesn't mean shorts and t-shirts, however. This is November after all, and temperatures will struggle to make it into the 60s with most of us seeing an afternoon high in the upper 50s. Winds will be out of the west at 5-15 mph.

Clear skies overnight combined with a drier air mass spell a chilly night for us. Lows will drop to near 40 inside the beltway, and most suburbs should see the low-to-mid 30s. Lows could easily drop lower if the winds, westerly at 5-10mph, decide to go calm for any length of time. Some of our more outlying readers, on the western slopes of the Blue Ridge may see the upsloping winds from the west generate considerable cloudiness overnight, and even a sprinkle.

Keep reading to see how long our fair weather lasts into the work week.

TOMORROW (MONDAY)

Mostly sunny, 54-57. Skies will remain sunny Monday as the high pressure moves immediately overhead during the afternoon. It will be a little on the cool side with afternoon highs topping out in the middle 50s. Winds will continue to blow in from the west at 5-15mph.

Monday night will be our coldest night of the week. Once again clear skies will prevail and light winds will allow temperatures to plummet. The DC metro area will see lows in the middle 30s. Those of us in the outer reaches could easily see the mercury dip slightly below the 30 degree mark. Winds will again be light, blowing from the west at less than 5 mph.

A LOOK AHEAD

Your Veteran's Day forecast is characteristic for November. We'll have some sun, but also a fair number of clouds throughout the day will keep temperatures in check. Afternoon highs will likely top out in the mid 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

On Wednesday we'll start to feel the effects of the next storm system approaching our area. Partly sunny skies should cloud over during the afternoon and I'll mention a slight (20%) chance for some rain mainly during the afternoon and evening. Highs will again be in the mid 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Brian Jackson  | November 9, 2008; 5:00 AM ET
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