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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/27/2009

Forecast: Back & Forth Between Sun & Showers

By Camden Walker

Warmer and dry today before rain chances return

* UnitedCast: Soggy Soccer? | Moderate Drought for D.C. Area *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Peeks of sun. Low 60s. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Showers? Upper 40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy a.m. Rainy p.m. Mid-50s. | Sunday: A.M. showers? Near 60. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

I hope you won't be overly frustrated by our somewhat flip-flopping weather over the next few days. Yes, it will be dank and damp Saturday afternoon and evening (good time to watch March Madness) through early Sunday. But we do need the rain. As consolation, today and Sunday afternoon should be pretty nice, as well as early next week.

Webcam: Latest view of D.C. from the Netherlands Carillon at Arlington National Cemetery. Courtesy National Park Service. Refresh page to update. See this image bigger on our Weather Wall.

Today (Friday): A break from the rain. And as we go through the day, maybe some peeks of sun after some morning fog. Temperatures? They return to more comfortable levels with afternoon highs in the low 60s. I like Ian Livingston's advice from yesterday to escape from work for a while today, and enjoy. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Skies go mostly cloudy, and after dinner and through the night there's a 40-50% chance of light rain (higher chances south of town). Lows should be uniform across most of the area, in the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

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Tomorrow (Saturday): This isn't an ironclad guarantee, but we may be able to hold off the next batch of rain long enough to salvage a mostly cloudy but mostly dry first half of Saturday, as highs aim for the mid-50s. However, rain is likely (70% chance) in the afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms could mix in as well, especially in the evening. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Periods of rain and possibly thunderstorms continue (70% chance). Lows near 50. Confidence: Medium

Sunday: Showers could linger into the morning (60% chance). Even if they don't, it'll probably be cloudy, cool and dampish through around noon. Then, afternoon clearing could lift highs to near 60. With enough sun, low-to-mid 60s are possible, especially for southern areas. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

For Sunday night, partly cloudy and becoming windy -- a drying breeze from the west. Lows around 40. Confidence: Medium-High

Make sure you still have that warm coat handy. Monday gets off to a cold and windy start -- morning wind chills could be near 30. Winds perhaps gusting to 20-30 mph stick around for much of the day. At least we're dry!... and mostly sunny skies should help highs to the upper 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Medium

Our winds should relent by Tuesday, which looks partly sunny with highs maybe a little warmer than Monday -- in the low-to-mid 60s. Confidence: Medium

By Camden Walker  | March 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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Comments

Cool web cam shot right now. Fog hugging the ground and the top of the Washington Monument sticking out into clear.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | March 27, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

The webcame is still a very cool translucence! I am a bit surprised the fog and clouds weren't heavier this morning. Already we have sunshine (filtered, but still...) - everyone enjoying it???

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 27, 2009 9:08 AM | Report abuse

Tomorrow's "slap-back" into raw, wintry CRUD is simply not acceptable!!!

The sun is now north of the Equator, and we should be getting our rain with lightning, thunder and SIXTY-FIVE degrees. Let's be done with the raw fifties for a few months. OK???

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 27, 2009 12:08 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the raw cold rainy weather is worthless! Train-the-trainer and 'Rub off the Rust' sailing club kickoff activities this weekend will be poorly attended.

Posted by: --sg | March 27, 2009 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Yet another reason this raw weather's unwelcome...

IT SLOWS DOWN THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS. BUMMER!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 27, 2009 1:07 PM | Report abuse

Nice and mild (around 60) out there... but clouds have won the battle for the skies, at least for the timebeing...

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | March 27, 2009 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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