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Posted at 8:30 AM ET, 04/16/2009

Forecast: Sun Today, and Soon the Seventies

By Dan Stillman

Sunny and increasingly warm through Saturday

* NatCast: No Rain | Events for Rain & Shine | Later: Maui Photos *


Today: Welcome back, sun! Low 60s. | Tonight: Clear and cool. Mid-30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny and warmer. 68-73. | A Look Ahead


This weather forecast is rated G -- great weather for gardening, golfing and grilling. We still have a couple of rather cool mornings today and tomorrow to get through. But afternoon highs will be getting warmer and warmer -- low 60s today, within a few degrees of 70 tomorrow, and well into the 70s on Saturday. Then conditions may begin to decline by later on Sunday.

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Today (Thursday): You may be skeptical that warmer weather is really on the way when you step out into morning temperatures in the upper 30s and low 40s. But by the time you head out for lunch, mostly sunny skies will have lifted temperatures into the 50s, on their way toward afternoon highs in the low 60s with a light breeze from the northeast. Confidence: High

Tonight: Temperatures will cool nicely under clear skies and light winds. Lows drop to the low 40s downtown, mid-to-upper 30s in the burbs. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Friday): Another rather brisk morning. And another mostly sunny day -- this time with afternoon highs climbing all the way to near 70 or into the low 70s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Skies continue mostly clear, but temperatures won't dip as low as the previous couple of nights. Lows in the mid-40s suburbs to near 50 downtown. Confidence: High


Let's start the weekend with a superb Saturday -- sunny and warm with highs in the mid-70s. Confidence: Medium-High

Sunday all depends on the timing of the next approaching storm. The way it looks now, we may be able to get through the first half of the day mostly dry (but with increasing clouds) and with highs headed for the 60s. The chance of rain then increases toward the afternoon and eveing, but the details are still fuzzy. Confidence: Low-Medium

Cloudy conditions and rain chances could extend into Monday with highs in the 50s or 60s. Confidence: Low

By Dan Stillman  | April 16, 2009; 8:30 AM ET
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April has certainly been an improvement, but it was the driest Jan-March ever in Maryland:

Mid-Atlantic Drought Update

Posted by: CapitalClimate | April 16, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

At last we are out of our raw spell.

Unfortunately, some TV mets are calling for raw fifties again next week. Frankly, I'd rather see this type weather disappear until after the autumnal equinox next September, but I'd welcome a few backdoor cold fronts if it starts getting too hot next month.

Right now the thunderstorm hot spot seems to be the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles in the area from Liberal KS to Canadian, TX. There was also a thunderstorm warning in Nebraska.

Just wondering whether Augusta Jim finally got the rain he needs yesterday. We sure got soaked. But I will be thinking of Jim next time I go out to a dance Monday evening. It's supposed to rain that evening, too.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 16, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

I received a total of .58 rain the past 72 hrs.

The first three months of 2009 gave my location 5.19", compared to a normal of 8.03 for the same period. A deficit of 2.84 equates to 65% of normal qp.

Rainfall has been more frequent during the past 4 weeks but usually on the low side of potential.

A beautiful sunny afternoon with a current temp. of 58 degrees.

Posted by: AugustaJim | April 16, 2009 2:00 PM | Report abuse

I checked my bucket this morning and we only got about half an inch since Monday.

(East of Front Royal)

Posted by: spgass1 | April 16, 2009 4:14 PM | Report abuse

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