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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 10/20/2009

Forecast: Nice weather rebound

By Matt Rogers

Warmer and sunnier days, but weekend is murky

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Today: Mostly sunny and turning mild. 67-71. Tonight: Mostly clear and cool. 40-48. | Tomorrow: Sunny and even warmer. 70-75. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


The upward trend in temperatures will continue to a much-appreciated level in the coming days. You will even be able to remove that jacket at least during the daytime, but the evenings and early mornings will still carry that autumn nip in the air. However, we cannot complain as late October is fast approaching and 70-degree weather is quite a gift.

Today (Tuesday): The sun makes another strong appearance today with few clouds and temperatures pushing higher all the way into the upper 60s and low 70s. Light winds from the southwest are expected. Confidence: High

Tonight: Clear skies tonight and temperatures will still reach down to cooler levels. Lows should range from near 40 in the cooler suburbs to the mid-to-upper 40s downtown.. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): More brilliant sunshine dominates the weather scene tomorrow as well. High temperatures will continue to inch upward. Look for highs in the low-to-mid 70s with light winds out of the southwest again. Confidence: High

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear with temperatures not quite as cool with lows in the mid-40s in the suburbs to low 50s downtown. Confidence: High


Thursday extends our great weather streak and might qualify as our best day of the week weather-wise. Highs should be more solidly into the middle 70s with copious sunshine and light breezes. Lows Thursday night should only reach down into the 50s in most locations. Confidence: High

Friday introduces some unsettled weather as the next storm system begins its approach. We will see increased cloud cover with occasional showers (60% chance). With the clouds and rain, highs should drop back into the cooler 60s. Rain showers continue (70% chance) Friday night with lows in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Saturday does not look all that great at the current time due to continued cloudiness and the chance of showers (40% chance) as a cool front passes through. At least temperatures will not be as brutally cool as last weekend. Highs should be in the 60s with lows Saturday night in the 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunshine probably returns Sunday as high pressure builds back into the area. We'll see highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s at night. Confidence: Medium

A peek at early next week offers a cool start, but with better overall conditions (i.e. more sunshine). Confidence: Low

By Matt Rogers  | October 20, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
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Not quite as cold as last night... Lows were DCA 42, IAD 35, and BWI 35. If your plants made it through last two nights frost-free, the growing season will continue for at least 5 more days. Any frost reports?

Posted by: CapitalWeatherGang | October 20, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Frost reported by friend in Stafford County

Posted by: Camden-CapitalWeatherGang | October 20, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

No frost in South Arlington, but plenty of dew on the ground. Down here we normally don't get a freeze until November.

Earlier altocumulus formations have moved away giving us generally clear weather.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | October 20, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

How about the UVA football game on Saturday at noon? Possible wash out or just spotty conditions?

Posted by: SA-Town | October 20, 2009 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I'm thinking spotty showers right now for Saturday afternoon. Models preferring heaviest rains in Northeast instead. At least much warmer than last weekend!

Posted by: MattRogers | October 20, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I have an outdoor event on Saturday afternoon near Harpers Ferry W VA. Any sense of how much rain we can expect in that area? Thanks.

Posted by: jhpurdy | October 20, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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