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Posted at 8:50 AM ET, 04/17/2009

Forecast: Doesn't Get Much Better Than This

By Camden Walker

Sun & 70s today & tomorrow; rain by Sunday night?

* NatCast | UnitedCast | Maui Photos | Events for Rain & Shine *
* Later: CWG Reports From the Bahamas Weather Conference *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Sunny. Cool start. Afternoon warmth. Low 70s. | Tonight: Clear. 40s. | Tomorrow: Cobalt skies & sun! Mid-70s. | Sunday: Mostly cloudy. Shower late? Mid-to-upper 60s. | A Look Ahead

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Wet weather could make a comeback Sunday evening into early next week. Let's not look so far ahead just yet, however. For now, grab the sunglasses and maybe even the sunscreen. The sunny, warm 70s will provide near-perfect weather today and tomorrow. Get outside and enjoy!

Today (Friday): Sunny and warming up from a cool start. The suburbs could even have an early-morning light frost. But quickly we'll warm. Afternoon highs should hit the low 70s! Winds will be fairly light, out of the west. Get outside for a long lunch, at the very least. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear and slightly cool. At least winds will be light, but this will allow temperatures to fall through the 40s across the region -- upper 40s downtown, while places like like Manassas or Columbia could drop to the 40-degree mark. So bundle up if heading out early near dawn. Confidence: High

Want this weather to last forever? Maybe it will. Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Continued sunny and oh-so-beautiful. Highs in the mid-70s. And blue skies. Winds stay light; sorry if you wanted to fly a kite. But it will be quite a day for jogging -- or doing just about anything -- outdoors. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy, with noticeably increased clouds toward sunrise. So if you need to catch the stars in your telescope, I would plan to do it before midnight. Lows in the low 50s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday: While there may be some sun during the morning, clouds will likely take hold as the day goes on. The clouds should cap high temperatures in the mid-to-upper 60s. With light breezes, conditions will still be favorable for strolling the National Mall or other outdoor fun. However, watch for the chance of a shower as dinnertime approaches. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

For Sunday evening and overnight, showers could invade the area (60% chance). An increasing breeze from the east will moisten the atmosphere, tapping the waters of the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Lows in the mid-40s throughout the region. Confidence: Low-Medium

This storm system looks like a slow-mover, keeping rain chances at around 60% through the day Monday. Any wetness could feel a bit raw, especially with cloudy skies, east winds upward of 15 mph, and highs only in the 50s. Ick. Confidence: Low

Tuesday looks cloudy with a 40-50% chance of showers. And still cool with highs in the upper 50s to low 60s. Confidence: Low

By Camden Walker  | April 17, 2009; 8:50 AM ET
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Comments

Have you guys looked at the "at a glance" temps for Sunday on? I think someone has a divide by zero error or something. Either that or the world's coming to an end Sat night. :)

Posted by: paul-Sterling | April 17, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

Have you guys looked at the "at a glance" temps for Sunday on? I think someone has a divide by zero error or something. Either that or the world's coming to an end Sat night. :)

Posted by: paul-Sterling | April 17, 2009 8:22 AM | Report abuse

ACK sorry for the double post, it didn't show up the first time I sent it and I thought something was wrong :)

Posted by: paul-Sterling | April 17, 2009 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Man Paul, that is really cold, isn't it?

I'm so jealous that now that i'm out of town, we get a nice day stamp. I'm sitting in a conference room talking bout hurricanes. However, if you want to follow me, track it on twitter: http://twitter.com/capitalweather

We just had a great talk on whether or not the Saffir Simpson scale should be changed!

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 8:24 AM | Report abuse

paul -- we'll figure out what the technical snafu is with the at a glance. thanks!

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 8:47 AM | Report abuse

paul-Sterling, I blame global warming for those temps.

Posted by: Ian-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 8:48 AM | Report abuse

At a Glance shows it: Global Cooling is real, and is coming to DC soon!!! Run for the hills. Toilet Paper and Milk!!

Posted by: JJones-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 9:19 AM | Report abuse

NWS sez:
The "Forecast At A Glance" icons, hourly weather graph feature, Spanish version, and temperatures in Celsius are temporarily not available for this location for technical reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 17, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

However, their clickable point forecast is working.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 17, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

hey, no complainin' about nice day stamps from the Bahamas boys :)

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Any feedback on the weather in Shenandoah or Harpers Ferry on Sunday afternoon? Thanks!

Posted by: lgc77 | April 17, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

How many months out of the past 6 have been below average? It seems like winter was colder than usual and now, april is colder than usual. We have 1-2 days of warm up but it seems like its been a broken record of "temps below average, overnight temps in 30 or 40s for past 2-3 months"

Posted by: derrickd | April 17, 2009 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Yes I am curious how this winter cold compares with others. I heard someone say that this was the second coldest winter in 20 years? Didn't seem that cold.

Posted by: manassasmissy | April 17, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Assuming it gets at least 1° warmer the rest of today, only 9 out of 17 days this month will have been below average. The idea that this has been an unusually cold April is an urban myth.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 17, 2009 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Correction: The low today was 42, so it needs to go up only 2 more degrees (currently 68). Complete data is here.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 17, 2009 1:00 PM | Report abuse

Those who perceive that April has been on the cold side are not totally wrong. Just depends on how you look at the stats.

For example, through yesterday, April has had 7 days on which the high temperature has been 5 degrees or more below average, but only 3 days of high temperatures 5 or more degrees above average.

Similar story with low temperatures -- 5 days with lows 5 or more degrees below average, and only 2 days with lows 5 or more degrees above average.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 2:48 PM | Report abuse

@Igc77

I'd plan for the possibility of rain out there any time from around noon onward on Sunday, but there's enough uncertainty in the timing that you can hold out hope that things will stay mostly dry until late afternoon.

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | April 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Now, this is more like it!!! But my heat got turned off yesterday and we had near-freezing temps this morning.

The good news is that I have only one dance between now and next Friday. The bad news: It's Monday evening, and, par for the course, they are trying to sock it to me with the heaviest rain of the week that evening, or so say some of the TV mets. The rain is welcome, given the deficit, but the TIMING is atrocious!

Add to that, another possible day or two in the raw fifties. Let's be done with that sort of weather until after the autumnal equinox.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 17, 2009 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh, and I note, the Nationals finally got into the WIN column last night!

Let's see a lot more "curly W's" this season. I hope we don't get like the Wizards, who made us a really great hockey town, the rival of Chicago, Detroit, and a couple of cities north of the border last winter. Looks like the Orioles are back on track this spring---at least for NOW!

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 17, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

High of 72° is +5° relative to average.
That's an increase of 30° from the low, thanks to the very low humidity.
Overall, +0.5° for the day.

Dulles was 74°, +7°.

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 17, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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