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Posted at 3:30 PM ET, 09/29/2009

PM Update: Cool Breezes With a Side of Clouds

By Ian Livingston

Winds diminish starting tonight; Wednesday stays chilled

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Cool weather that arrived on gusty winds yesterday got better established today and highs responded by only reaching the mid-and-upper 60s most spots. Abundant morning sun was somewhat "self-defeating" as the combination of warming near the surface and cold air aloft created enough instability to promote numerous afternoon clouds. Clouds may dwindle a bit as evening sets in, but we stay rather cloudy into the overnight. Winds that gusted to around 30 mph today last into the evening before slackening overnight.

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Through Tonight: We should be partly to mostly cloudy overnight. Much like last night, temperatures look to settle into the upper 40s in the coolest spots to the low-or-mid 50s in the city. Winds remain gusty early but should subside as the night progresses.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): If you enjoyed today's weather tomorrow should be right up your alley. We'll again see clouds mixed with sun, including periods of mostly cloudy skies during the "heating" of the day, and an outside risk of an afternoon sprinkle. Highs reach the mid-and-upper 60s. Winds will be weaker, with some gusts to around 15 or 20 mph.

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By Ian Livingston  | September 29, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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I just wanted to write and say thank you, Ian, for using the expression "self defeating sunshine." It's one of my favorite weather terms. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

Posted by: Andrew-CapitalWeatherGang | September 29, 2009 3:37 PM | Report abuse

Love this weather - had a great walk this evening in the brisk air!

Posted by: --sg | September 29, 2009 7:01 PM | Report abuse

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