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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 10/ 6/2009

Forecast: Delightful Week Continues

By Matt Rogers

Late week warm-up; but weekend forecast tricky

* Climate 'Hockey Stick' Faceoff | Later: Winter Hype is Here *
* Outside Now? Radar, Temps, Clouds & More: Weather Wall *

EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: More sunshine. Cool breezes. 68-72. Tonight: Increasing clouds. Late-night showers. 52-56. | Tomorrow: Morning showers; then partly cloudy. 68-72. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

With the exception of a weak cool front later tonight into tomorrow morning, the rest of our work week continues to look quite fantastic with highs in the 70s, and dare-I-say 80s, and typically cool autumnal nights and mornings. The weekend might be a different story though as a much stronger cold front approaches the area. This could spell Saturday rain chances and a significant cool-down Sunday or Monday.

Today (Tuesday): The sun should be the dominant player today, helping to inspire high temperatures into the upper 60s to low 70s. However, cloud cover should slowly increase in the late afternoon toward evening. Light winds expected. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Clouds will be more dominant and shower chances arrive especially after midnight (30% chance). Temperatures will not drop as much as the last few nights due to the cloud cover, but we still expect mainly 50s and 60s. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the forecast through the tricky weekend...

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The moon setting next to the Air Force Memorial early Sunday morning. By CWG photographer Kevin Ambrose.

Tomorrow (Wednesday): Morning clouds and perhaps a morning shower (30% chance) should transition to clearing skies especially during the afternoon. Highs should range in the upper 60s to low 70s once more. Winds from the west and northwest will pick up to around the 20 mph range with some higher gusts. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Clearing skies continue with calming winds and cooler temperatures. Look for those lows to drop back down into the 40s in the suburbs to low 50s in the city. Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

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Some early foliage and a reflection of the sky in Georgetown Sunday. By CWG photographer Ian Livingston.

Thursday looks really ripe for fantastic conditions. Highs should push up higher toward the middle 70s and sunshine is expected to dominate. Light breezes accompany the comfortable temperatures. Confidence: Medium

Friday has the opportunity to be our warmest day of this week with upper 70s to low 80s (warmest in city and points south) along with mostly sunny skies. Winds are expected to be coming from the southwest.Confidence: Medium

Last weekend worked out much better than originally expected, but your forecaster is not sure if this upcoming one will fare as well. A strong polar cold front will be invading the middle of the nation. You will likely hear stories about unusual early-season cold and snow in the Midwest, Plains and Rockies. We should be on the warm side of this front on Saturday with 70s (possibly low 80s) and scattered showers and thunderstorms. On Sunday, it appears as though the first wave of cooling may push into the area and lower highs into the 60s under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: Low

A coastal storm is possible on Monday and Monday night, offering cold rain chances. Behind the storm on Monday night and Tuesday, mainly elevated areas especially north and west of the city could have a first (small) chance to see a wet snowflake or two as temperatures cool down to the lowest levels of the season so far. Confidence: Low

By Matt Rogers  | October 6, 2009; 9:50 AM ET
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Comments

The At a Glance box shows 68 for Saturday.

Sounds like that is old data. Hope it is high 70s!

Posted by: jaybird926 | October 6, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Jaybird, yeah, I do not know why the National Weather Service (at-a-glance box) is holding back on Saturday. We should at least be in the 70s.

Posted by: MattRogers | October 6, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Monday looks questionable. Though it's Columbus Day, that won't keep Gottaswing from holding their Monday night DJ dance at the Chevy Chase Ballroom [they did so on Memorial Day & Labor Day]. But that projected coastal storm figures to be the first of the MNR crowd's "breezy little deluges" [cf my 'Winter Weather Hype' posting above] of the new El Nino season, and that just might keep me home Monday evening. Here's hoping it doesn't.

BTW last night's dance was splendid, but Metrorail's performance on the way home was atrocious--it seems they had track maintenance on ALL LINES LEADING TO THE PENTAGON after 10 PM, as has been the case so many times this summer! I figure I was delayed in the system at least 20 minutes, though I did get home before midnight.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 6, 2009 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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