Forecast: Week Starts Cool, Turns Warm Then Wet
* NatCast: Dry and Chilly | Later: Renaming Climate Change *
Today: Becoming mostly sunny. Mid-60s. | Tonight: Clear and cool. 38-46. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 72-76. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
It's hard to believe that it's late May, and we're still talking about 30s and 40s. But something tells me that after tonight, we won't see 30s in the forecast again until October. A warming trend begins tomorrow, and by Wednesday and Thursday, we'll be nearing 80 degrees again. The unfortunate news is that for the third straight week, shower and thunderstorm chances return just in time for the weekend.
Today (Monday): Don't leave home without a jacket today, as we'll wake up to temperatures in the 40s. Even with full sunshine this afternoon, high temperatures will only climb to the mid-60s or so, as a cool breeze from the north (at 10-15 mph) carries Canadian air southward. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clear skies combined with calm winds will result in cool (cold?) conditions. Lows bottom out near 45 downtown, with upper 30s in outlying areas like Middleburg, Va. and Clarksburg, Md. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Tuesday): What a day it will be... Though it will start off chilly, the brilliant late May sun will boost temperatures into the low 70s as the cool wind from the north abates. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Another clear, calm and chilly night is in store, but about 5 degrees warmer than the previous. Lows will dip down into the low 40s in the cooler suburbs to near 50 downtown. Confidence: High
A wind from the south creeps in on Wednesday and Thursday, elevating temperatures to more normal levels. Under partly to mostly sunny skies, highs will reach the upper 70s Wednesday and the low 80s Thursday. Overnight lows will be from near 50 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-to-upper 50s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
Friday through Sunday -- much like the most recent Fri-Sun period -- will be humid, unsettled, and challenging to forecast. A weak cold front will drift toward the region, drawing up muggy air ahead of it. Showers and storms will probably develop in this humid air mass, but their timing and location will be difficult to pinpoint. The best chance of storminess will be in the late afternoon and evening. Afternoon highs each day will be in the upper 70s and low 80s (70s if mostly cloudy, 80s if mostly sunny). Overnight lows should generally range from 60-65. The other wild card during this period will be an area of low pressure that may develop in the Gulf of Mexico. It may drift northward late in the weekend -- with an outside chance it enhances rainfall over our region. Confidence: Low-Medium
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