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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/ 9/2009

Forecast: Milder Today; Showery Tomorrow

By Josh Larson

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Today: Mostly sunny; milder. Mid-60s. | Tonight: Partly cloudy. Mid-40s. | Tomorrow: Cloudy w/ showers. Near 60. | Tomorrow Night: Showers. Near 50. | A Look Ahead


If you weren't wild about yesterday's rather cloudy, cool-ish (depending on your point of view) weather, I think you'll be much more content with today's conditions. More sunshine than yesterday coupled with milder breezes will give us afternoon highs well into the 60s. April showers, however, are back on the menu on Friday, and though it certainly won't be a washout, you can expect periodic showers and perhaps even a rumble of thunder at any point from Friday morning all the way through Saturday afternoon. My advice? Keep the umbrella nearby. Drier weather settles in for the second half of the weekend.

Today (Thursday): After some morning cloudiness, emerging sunshine along with light downsloping winds from the west mean we'll see noticeably milder temperatures today than yesterday, with most spots reaching the mid-60s. Sounds pretty close to ideal if you ask me. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: We stay dry tonight, but turn up the cloud cover ahead of an approaching warm front. Milder overnight lows will settle into the mid-40s for most of us. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through early next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): With the aforementioned warm front stalling nearby tomorrow, expect mostly cloudy to overcast skies with occasional showers, especially from the mid-afternoon on. We're not talking a lot of moisture, though -- no more than a quarter of an inch during the daylight hours. Sixty degrees should about do it for afternoon highs. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Expect scattered showers -- again generally light and periodic in nature -- to continue Friday night; cloud cover will keep rather mild overnight lows not dropping much below 50. Confidence: Medium


Mostly cloudy skies and a few more showers will spill over into Saturday, primarily confined to the first half of the day, and they won't be too disruptive (as they'll still be of the light, scattered nature). You may notice a breeze from the north at about 15 mph. High temperatures will be in the upper 50s with some partial clearing possible by late afternoon. Clearing, breezy and colder Saturday night with temperatures dropping into the upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

On Sunday, conditions will be close to ideal for outdoor activities. I'm anticipating plenty of sunshine with afternoon highs in the upper 50s to near 60. You may still notice a northerly breeze from time to time. Clear and chilly Sunday night with lows inthe 30s. Confidence: Medium-High

No big changes are in store for back-to-work Monday. We'll hang onto partly to mostly sunny skies, dry conditions, and afternoon high temperatures a few degrees shy of normal for this time of year -- likely topping out in the mid to upper 50s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | April 9, 2009; 10:00 AM ET
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The weather has warmed up, but unfortunately more "March" is comin' in for Easter.

Tomorrow's rain looks rather light, but tomorrow and Monday evenings are dance nights at Chevy Chase. My dance schedule lightens up considerably between the 14th and 21st with only one Monday night dance at Chevy Chase on the 20th. Hence I have no Clarendon Ballroom issues when the thunderstorms move in next Tuesday.

Let's hope these March-like NW winds we keep getting quit next week. I'm expecting my heat to be turned off some time around then.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | April 9, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Any chance that the rain might hold off until after the evening rush on Friday?

Posted by: snowlover | April 9, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse


I'd say there's a pretty decent chance we see raindrops before the evening rush Friday. But I'd also say there's a pretty decent chance that anything we see before and through the evening rush will of the very light variety (potentially, but not definitely, of little consequence to the commute).

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | April 9, 2009 1:48 PM | Report abuse

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