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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 09/18/2009

Forecast: Clear Weekend, Sandwiched by Clouds

By Camden Walker

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Today: A.M. clouds & maybe some mist or drizzle. Increasing p.m. sun. Mid-to-upper 70s. | Tonight: Increasingly clear. Mid-50s to low 60s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. Mid-70s. | Sunday: Partly to mostly sunny. Mid-70s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


Saturday and probably Sunday are looking splendid, which would be great timing to get in that round of golf, or any other outdoor plans you might have. On each side of our weekend days -- today, Monday and Tuesday -- we have clouds and the possibility of drizzle/showers pestering us. Shall we call it a sunshine sandwich?

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Today (Friday): Cloudy skies and even some mist or drizzle may still be around during the morning hours. But flow from the southwest should eat into the clouds and bring increasing sun for the afternoon. Highs should get to at least the mid-70s. If we see enough sun, I'd bet some spots hit the upper 70s. Confidence: Medium

Tonight: With increasingly clear skies and a late-night breeze out of the north, lows cool down to the mid-to-upper 50s in the suburbs to the low 60s to near 60 in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

How does it look for Sunday's Redskins game and Navy 5-miler? Keep reading...

Tomorrow (Saturday): Our recent clouds and drizzle should be a distant memory. Replaced by sunny skies and dry air with pleasant highs in the mid-70s. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Partly to mostly clear. A little cooler & crisper than we've seen lately. Downtown should dip into the mid-50s, Down to the low 50s and perhaps some upper 40s in the suburbs. Confidence: High

Sunday: The next storm system lurks off to the west, but as of now looks like it will hold off long enough for a partly to mostly sunny Sunday. Temperatures in the upper 50s to near 60 for the 8 a.m. start of the Navy 5 Miler aim once again for afternoon highs in the mid-70s. Not bad at all for the Redskins' home opener. Make sure to invite me over if you grill, please! Confidence: Medium


Increasing clouds Sunday night with lows in the mid-50s to near 60. A few showers may try to work their way in from the west. Confidence: Low-Medium

We reach the bread of our sunshine sandwich by Monday and Tuesday as onshore flow brings more clouds and increased showers chances. Highs in the 70s should feel O.K. though. Confidence: Low

By Camden Walker  | September 18, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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We're doing some walking tours this weekend, looks like perfect weather!

Posted by: jaybird926 | September 18, 2009 7:17 AM | Report abuse

CWG - what are the most recent analagous summers and early falls with weak El Nino conditions and how did the following winters turn out? Its time to start thinking about some white stuff...right!?!

Posted by: DullesARC | September 18, 2009 7:39 AM | Report abuse

Jaybird926: yes INDEED a greeeeat weekend for those tours! perfect.
DullesARC: typically CWG releases its winter outlook in October. I am sure our winter expert Matt Ross is beginning to gather analogs. Stay tuned!

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | September 18, 2009 9:30 AM | Report abuse

Looks good for water skiing this weekend... does anyone have a preliminary outlook towards the end of next week? I'd love to have at least two more weekends before I have to put the summer away!

Posted by: Registration1982 | September 18, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Weather here is slowly improving. The clouds are beginning to lift.

This could be more than a "weak" El Nino. Let's just hope it's not so strong that all we get is a bunch of crappy wind-driven rain every time a storm goes "coastal" this winter...On the other hand, a bunch of wind-driven SNOW just like the "Washington-Jefferson" snowstorm of the 1770's would be QUITE WELCOME if it starts about 2PM Thursday, December 24 and runs through about 9 AM on Sunday, Dec. 27.

In other words, it's HIGH TIME we erased that puny little five-inch record snow for Christmas Day and enjoyed a REALLY WHITE CHRISTMAS here! Let's go for it!!!...For everyone's information, Cape Hatteras has us beaten on the "White Christmas" issue. Back around 1980 or 1981, they had an unusual Christmas Day blizzard which gave them 20-25 inches of snow. All we got here in Washington was single-digit temperatures, ground frozen stiff as steel and NOT ONE SNOWFLAKE...The cold wave, however, was mighty impressive. It may stand today as our record low for Dec. 25 at Dulles, at BWI, and possibly even at Reagan National. Perhaps one of the CWG experts has the historic data on this cold wave. If not, it's probable that CapitalClimate has this data.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | September 18, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

The sun! My eyes!!

Whew, it's about time.

Posted by: ThinkSpring | September 18, 2009 2:07 PM | Report abuse

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