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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 03/20/2009

Forecast: Sun and Slowly Rising Temperatures

By Camden Walker

Spring starts cool today before weekend warmup

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Today: Becoming partly to mostly sunny. Upper 40s. | Tonight: Mostly clear. 27-33. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-50s. | Sunday: Mostly sunny. Low 60s. | A Look Ahead


OK, yes -- this first day of spring is going to be a bit chillier than most would probably like. But at least we have basketball to keep us occupied indoors. And the good news is that temperatures warm slowly but nicely over the weekend. The other good news? The sun will make a good showing into early next week!

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Today (Friday): Any leftover morning cloud cover should quickly give way to partly to mostly sunny skies. But highs won't be very spring-like on this first day of spring -- mainly in the upper 40s. Winds behind yesterday's cold front will be breezy from the north, around 10-15 mph. Confidence: High

Tonight: With clear skies and a diminishing breeze, lows drop to the low 30s downtown and upper 20s in the suburbs. Out in the Blue Ridge you could get down to the mid-20s. Confidence: High

How far will temperatures rise this weekend? Keep reading... Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay ahead of whatever weather spring might bring.

Tomorrow (Saturday): After a rather cool morning, partly to mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid-50s will feel pretty good, even if a few degrees below average for the date. And very little in the way of those typical March breezes to chill the air. So, get out and soak up the more-than-12-hours daylight! Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear, and we continue with no precipitation worries. Temperatures will still feel chilly -- down to lows near 30-35 (suburbs-city). Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: A lot of sun, and finally some spring temperatures to go with it. Low 60s are on tap, and some spots could hit 65 if the milder air makes enough of a push. Once again, the morning hours will be on the cool side, but it should be a great afternoon for just about anything outdoors. Sunday night lows should be in the mid-30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High


On Monday, high pressure should be able to hang in strong enough to keep us mostly sunny and dry, with highs in the mid-50s to near 60. Not bad, but still can't ditch the jacket yet, especially during the morning. Confidence: Medium

The outlook for Tuesday is for our quiet weather pattern to continue, in the form of partly sunny skies and highs in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

By Camden Walker  | March 20, 2009; 9:20 AM ET
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Let me be the first to welcome spring!!

And goodbye to Old Man Winter!!!

Posted by: ThinkSpring | March 20, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

If possible, would appreciate a prediction for the temperature at 7:00 am tomorrow for the start of the National Marathon/Half Marathon at RFK stadium. Will we be out of the low 30s yet?

Posted by: novajeffc | March 20, 2009 10:04 AM | Report abuse


Looks like low 30s is exactly where you'll be at 7 a.m.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | March 20, 2009 10:51 AM | Report abuse

Cherry blossom peak at the Tidal Basin is now moved up to Apr. 1-4, according to NPS. It previously was Apr. 3-9. Continued chilly weather might affect this cherry blossom schedule.

No foreseeable rain in the next three days. Next likely rain looks like the day of my big Elks Lodge dance next Friday the 27th when a weak low may be sitting south of us on a front in eastern North Carolina. Before that time, we could see a shower or two late Wednesday or Thursday as a cold front moves in from the west. Weak back-door front Monday still looks largely dry as it passes our area north to south.

Some cumulus clouds, currently present, should continue this afternoon.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 20, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

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